Cayetano González is a Spanish artist currently based in Barcelona where he works as a director, photographer and cinematographer. He’d been studying Film in Spain, focusing on Cinematography and working as a freelance videographer. Subsequently he started studying Fine Arts at the University of Valencia, where he broadened his knowledge in the world of contemporary art. In 2014, Cayetano obtained a postgraduate degree in Cinematography at ESCAC (Catalunya’s Superior Film School). This is Cayetano’s second feature on herbeautymag, check the first one here.
How did the idea for the series come about?
Malén contacted me via Instagram. She really liked how I played with mood and natural light. We chatted for several days until we got an idea of what we wanted. I thought she was perfect for this, and we arranged a shoot!
How do you approach these intimate shoots?
I just treat models as persons, friends, someone you’d want to know, everyone has a story to tell. I want to know as much as possible about them … But it’s not a technique, it just feels natural for me, I can’t do it any other way. Once I know the person I’m working with, she becomes my ‘friend’, we walk around the location, I see how light behaves, I try to comprehend what direction of light looks good on her, and then we have a good time … trying things out, talking and doing breaks during the shoot. It feels comfortable, relaxed, we always laugh, but I never pick those shots haha. I really don’t do much, just press the button as any other photographer. The models do the rest. By the way, Malén is such a great person, she’s so nice and interesting, I’m glad I got to know her. We will definitely do more shoots together!
Do you feel like 35mm film is coming back to life? Kodak’s bringing back its Ektachrome, do you think we can see more of these previously discontinued film stocks return to shelves in the near future?
I don’t know if we’ll see more or not, what I know is that it’s a trend at the moment, and I hope it lasts longer. For me it’s just a tool, it can get you where you want to go, but it’s not about better or worse … Nowadays cameras and lenses have gotten so technical and so similar that analog is almost the only way to go when you want to do something different, instead of worrying about sharpness and megapixels. It also makes you feel more present to the moment when you take the picture, instead of relying on an algorithm working together with a computer in the digital process. So, I guess if people still appreciate that, there will always be a market for it.
What’s your life in sunny Barcelona like?
I’m enjoying it as much as I can. I love the sun and I love summers. When I’m home (70% of the time) I spend my time editing in my room/livingroom, going out to the terrace whenever I eat and I watch movies a lot too. When I’m out on location I usually work on music videos, short films, fashion films, photoshoots … And I enjoy all of it.