May 7, 2020
HOW I SEE THE WORLD
Photography by Yoel Gracia
Interview by Melanie Meggs
Yoel Gracia is a street photographer who takes the everyday and turns it into unique visual stories. With a unique eye and a vibrant palette, Yoel captures the beauty of life that often goes unnoticed by most. From bustling cityscapes to serene landscapes, Yoel's photography has a distinct style that oozes emotion. Through his vivid colour and contrast, Yoel shines a light on the awe-inspiring beauty of the world, allowing us to appreciate the world around us in a different way. Yoel travels the world, capturing remarkable moments and turning them into unforgettable works of art. This interview will explore how Yoel Gracia uses photography to communicate the world as he sees it – a place of beauty and inspiration.
“I always try to experiment with new planes, compositions and colors. I used to try to show everyday and sometimes implausible scenes, but, nowadays I try to look at the games of lights and shadows always applied to my vision of street photography.”
IN CONVERSATION WITH YOEL GRACIA
THE PICTORIAL LIST: Yoel, when did you start getting interested in photography?
YOEL GRACIA: I've always liked art and capturing moments from around me. One and a half years ago was when I started getting serious about photography. Thanks to street photography I can now express myself and free my soul.
TPL: Where do you find your inspiration to photograph?
YG: I find my inspiration on Instagram and in some of the street photography magazines.
TPL: Who are your favourite artists and photographers?
YG: Alex Webb, Trent Parke, Joakim Möller, Lydia Roberts, Joaquin Pastor Genzor and Çağdaş Kul.
TPL: Do you think equipment is important in achieving your vision in your photography? What would you say to someone just starting out?
YG: I know what is usually said in these cases but it's the truth...You have to go outside take all the photos that suggest something for you and train your photographic eye daily. No matter what camera you use, the place you're with, or the people you're with.
I'm going to show the world how my eyes see it.
TPL: Have you ever been involved in the arts before photography?
YG: No, I didn't. Although today I need art to make sense of my existence.
TPL: Are there any special projects you are currently working on that you would like to let everyone know about?
YG: No I don't. At the moment I take the pictures I see without thinking that they have to go down a path. It's just natural.
TPL: “If I wasn't photographing what would I be doing?...
YG: I'm a primary school teacher and I like to travel each time that I can.”
Yoel Gracia's unique perspective allows us to appreciate the simple things in life that we often take for granted. Yoel's photography is a reminder of the beauty of the world and a powerful tool to communicate messages that words cannot express. Whether you are a fan of photography or just curious to see the world in a different way, following Yoel on his journey is sure to be an inspiring experience.