We had the good fortune of connecting with Únies Gonzalez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Únies, why did you pursue a creative career?

Honestly? Because it’s the only thing that felt correct. There’s magic in being able to pursue and have a relationship with art in this way. No other path has given me the same joyous energy.

Having the opportunity to create and have people interested in the work I make is a privilege among other things. All I want and have ever wanted was to be able to elicit some form of emotional response, and to find familiarity and a mirror in my work.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.

Intimacy plays a large role in the work that I make. I spent a lot of my life feeling alone and not really sure of how to deal with my emotions. I found solace in films, photographs, and poetry. I started writing and taking pictures when I was in high school with the same goal as I have now, attempting to create a connection with others through the base of shared emotions and experiences. In college, I started to combine my poetry with my photos. That’s where I found my groove with my work. A big turning point for me was my freshman year, when I was introduced to the work of Nan Goldin. Her images made it clear to me what photography can be. I’d like to think I’ve become better at making that connection as I’ve grown, as both a person and an artist.

I try to make my work personal. My subjects are often the people I’m closest with, the spaces I reside in, and portraits of myself. I only shoot in film; I haven’t touched a digital camera for my work in years. There’s something very special about not seeing the photograph immediately after it’s taken. I’ve become a more intentional shooter as a result.

I still don’t really think I know what I’m doing. I tumble frequently through life and am very familiar with rejection. But one of my favorite sayings is “So it goes.” I repeat it so I remember to take things as they come. I’ve learned that, sometimes, you’ll never know why some person or some entity doesn’t like you or what you make. I’ve also learned that you’ll sometimes know exactly why someone or something doesn’t like you or what you make. But regardless of the truth in their opinion, I find it worth reflecting on. The world is a lawless place with no answers and all the answers at the same time. Within that confusion comes peace in minding your own business and learning what you’re able to learn.

Right now, all I want to do is take pictures and write as much as I can. As I said earlier, nothing in life gives me this kind of joy, and it truly is a privilege any time I get to do what I do the way I like to do it.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.

For coffee it’s Xela all day every day forever, but I’ll sometimes go to Black Hole so I can feel 18 again. For breakfast it’s Christy’s Donuts, House of Pies, El Charro off of Harrisburg, or Kraftsman 

Bakery. Lunchtime you might find me at Hugo’s for happy hour, Ramen Tatsuya, or Niko Niko’s, and if you’ve held on long enough for dinner then you’re buying at Nancy’s Hustle, Cuchara, or Uchi. And if you’re really awesome we can hit up drinks at Monkey’s Tail, Two Headed Dog, Voodoo Queen, or my living room. After all that were off  to recharge that social battery a bit haha 

Visit/shop:

Rothko Chapel (go immediately if you haven’t yet)
FLATS
Kaboom Books
MFAH Library (you can pull the photo books they have in the back!)
Azteca Farmers Market
Sunny’s Flea Market
All the Feels
Riley’s Camera Repair

If all or none of that is appealing to me in the moment, I’ll usually find something cool to do floating around among Instagram stories.

Honestly, though, I don’t get out enough.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?

God, that’s a heavy question. I mean of course my sister Danielle, who convinced me to pursue photography in college. My boyfriend Dillon, for his opinion that I value and his inspiration (and participation). My best friend Jeremy, for being better than me in every way and pushing me forward. My family for not understanding what I do but supporting it anyways. My boss Jessi for her mentorship and for creating a place where I get to work within my craft. My friend Alex for being the writer I wish I was. My friend Cristal because she f*ckin gets it. My friend Krista for never letting me forget what I am capable of.

And, quite frankly, every single person I’ve ever met, photographed, loved, hated, envied, and been inspired by, because I doubt very much I would be here without all of them.

Instagram: @venusinfurrr

Image Credits
I took all of these pictures so the credit is to myself(0:

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