Larry Gonzalez’s Tropical Noir is a work-in-progress; it is a photographic exploration of nocturnal urban and suburban spaces in Puerto Rico “where social elements are dramatically staged.” Among the end results of the project are an exhibition and several limited edition books. See more information in the link below.
Description: Tropical Noir is a photographic exploration of nocturnal urban and suburban spaces in Puerto Rico. The project integrates traditional analog photographic methodology with contemporary digital techniques. The specific focus of the work will be to build a visual experience that reveals an underworld where social and geographical elements coexist in dramatic scenes. The project is divided into three stages: The first, and most important, focuses in Puerto Rico. The second and third stages will incorporate The Dominican Republic and Cuba respectively in the coming years.
[. . .] The central thematic focus of the work will concentrate on revealing sociological aspects of Puerto Rican society. The decline and transformation of urban and suburban spaces and its subliminal anxiety are urgent concepts perfectly fitted to the interpretation and scrutiny of the photographic medium. The popular photographic representation of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean is generally composed of easily recognizable elements. Our collective relationship with this these images is one of immediate familiarity. It is a visual language where bright daylight, primary colors and sandy beaches predominate and is commonly accepted as the ultimate tropical reality. With Tropical Noir, I aim to reveal and re-interpret this very familiar geography by utilizing the night and the properties of artificial lighting as dramatic elements.
More than a dramatization of a collective space, is an exploration of Puerto Ricans and their symbiotic relationship with their environment. The night of the “island-universe” provides us with heightened perception of reality. [. . .]
[Many thanks to Néstor Otero for bringing this item to our attention.]
To read full description and to contribute to the project, see https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2114365821/tropical-noir
For more images and artist’s information, see http://www.larrygonzalez.net/