It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince


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There was a time when we thought the world was flat. The discovery of its roundness freed us to travel the world. Like all discoverers, when we strive towards the unknown, we are a little unsure of what we may meet at the horizon. Rafael’s explorations free us from visual limitations and beliefs of our reality and engage us with our world as never before. Shifting worlds, changing minds…

“I gravitate towards spots which have personal relevance, but also those which are universally recognizable, with the hope to provide a new, maybe more authentic perspective. I have always been drawn to the play of multiple images, exposures and composites, which provides greater control of expression and also a larger canvas for story-telling. I hope that the technique compels the viewer to explore the intricate details of the image and to become more intimate with the subject.”

Rafael Octavio Gonzalez was born in Villavicencio, Colombia, also known as "El Meta." Raised in the Queensbridge area of Long Island City, and currently resides in East Elmhurst, Queens. He is both a self-taught photographer and technical professional with over fifteen years of experience working for corporations, such as Prudential, IBM, and Red Hat.