Javier González is an amateur Spanish film photographer and filmmaker. Born in Málaga, Andalusia, Spain, Javier began as a skateboarding filmmaker shooting personal videos in his hometown for his friends and well known pro skateboarders like Josh Kalis, PJ Ladd, Leo Romero etc. He got into film photography a couple of years back whilst living in ‘artsy’ London. Subsequently he fell into the aesthetic of swimwear fashion photography, pushed by the place where he was born with all its sun, palm trees and seaside.
How did the idea for the series come about?
The idea to shoot topless on sandy beaches with lovely sunsets was on my mind for a very long time, so I contacted the one who I believed would be perfect for the photos, Alba. Then we talked about the concept and she loved it too.
Can we photograph the female body in a more powerful way?
I think the female body can be shot powerfully in so many ways … It doesn’t necessarily mean shooting topless or nudes, but personally that’s what I’m in love with.
How would you define beauty?
A famous Spanish quote says: ‘La belleza esta en los ojos del que mire’ … which means that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.
What inspires you and what makes you happy?
Basically because I was born in the late 80’s and grew up in the 90’s, the summertime in the Mediterranean is special for us Spanish people, especially going to the beach and just soaking up all the salt and sun with friends and family. As a child in that era I just have so many memories of the stylish ways to go to the beach (Nerja, Torremolinos, Marbella, etc.) that it inspired my adulthood as a photographer to shoot that lifestyle. And what makes me happy? Two simple things: when people recognize my work and the love of my family.
Film or digital?
Film forever, I have like eight analog cameras (I bought a little digital camera four months ago and I want to sell it already) and I really do love every single one of them. There’s nothing like film grain, also the different looks and tonality each film roll gives you … the incomparable emotion of setting up your camera and waiting for the result after developing the frames.
Lastly, what’s the next for you?
Keep on doing what I love and reaching goals that are in my head … like shooting in special spots. Also I’m already working on creating my portfolio web page and also why not to take some small travel trips whilst I’m at it making art.