Guario’s work strikes me because each picture tells a story. He blends technical skill with raw emotion in a way that does not feel overdone. It is clear that Guario aims to educate through his photography by representing a variety of different ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, arts… The list can go on.

Needless to say, Boston loves him. He’s worked very closely with Bandulu Street Couture. Sweety’s Radio had him come in and impart wisdom and opinions on his work and life.

Guario is currently located in New York to explore some new territory. We wish him nothing but success.

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JR: I saw that you had a cover photo Fader Magazine! What was that experience like? How did you come across the opportunity?

GR: Sadly, there wasn’t any experience. Just another troll I leave on the internet. From time to time I create trolls for me and my friends to giggle about. Like my instagram account @guario2000, where I post photos as if I was living in 2005. It’s like a comedic relief for me since a lot of my work tends to be very serious. Another comedic relief example is my series of snapchats and tweets called #brokefamz. It highlights the positive outlook of being very broke in NYC. So basically, shits and giggles.

JR: What was it like starting your artistic journey in Boston? Why did you end up leaving? 

GR: My artistic journey really started in my hometown, Lynn, at an after school program called Raw Art Works (R.A.W.). My teacher, Chris Gaines, introduced me to that path. So after graduating from MassArt and being influenced by my teachers and peers, I stayed in Boston to work and push forward anything photography related. I ended up leaving Boston because I became too comfortable with my living situation and too comfortable with my own artistic practices. I decided to move to New York because I knew I would be able to make enough money to support my art and to challenge myself.

JR: Do you have any advice for young artists in Boston? (Especially photographers?)

GR: KEEP PHOTOGRAPHING! Don’t expect to make money right away. Make necessary sacrifices to make the images as beautiful as you want them to be. Don’t believe the social media hype. I’ve gotten lots of freelance work without having more than 2k followers on my Instagram or Facebook. Don’t get lost in the pressure of getting likes or reblogs. The only thing you should concentrate on is your craftsmanship. Continue to challenge yourself so your work gets better. Learn how to network. I’ve met wonderful people in the past that has helped me in the present. Always look out for your peers, it’s just good Karma.

JR: A majority of your work reflects a diversity in cultures and ethnicities. What are you trying to convey with your work?

GR: Good community is a big part of my everyday philosophy. So it’s more about my appreciation for different cultures and subcultures that push these works. A lot of my work now is a work in progress, so I’m still trying to fully figure out what I’m trying to convey with each subject matter. But I know my deliberate idea of good community reflex on how I approach my work.

JR: How do you balance shooting photographs for money vs. shooting photographs just for artistic purpose? 

GR: It’s hard to balance the both to be honest. Very hard, but my personal trick is to think about what’s needed, and then things will follow. So my artistic purpose comes first all the time. If what I need to do requires time and money, then I have to find that time and that money. Freelancing in NYC became just that, I was looking for work so I can have the financial stability and the additional finance to work on personal projects. For example, I just spent the last two months of the year working everyday, nonstop, just so I can have the time to work on a couple new personal projects for the winter.

JR: Do you think that it is possible to combine the movements of fashion and social justice together? I saw that you tweeted about how fashion photography is more about a cool person wearing cool clothes without too much context. I personally would love to see the two work hand-in-hand. 

GR: Absolutely! It is possible to combine the movements of fashion and social justice. Its not easy though. To go more in depth with that tweet. I wanted to give light that fashion can be deeper than just a “beautiful” person wearing clothes. It’s all subjective but I think society creates a standard which thus, for me, is an hollowness to fashion as an art. But because fashion is art, there should be an openness beyond the cool model, cool clothes. And don’t get me wrong, it has been executed very well before. Like for example, one of my favorite photographers, Pieter Hugo, did a GQ shoot for Louis Vuitton back in 2012 that mixes real lifestyle with high fashion. No models, real people from South Africa wearing fully dressed Louis Vuitton.

JR: In your “Thank You For Flying Phae” piece, how were you able to take photographs in an airplane? Is it a real airplane? Please indulge me with the details.

GR: The story behind that was very funny. My good friend and hair artist, Illy Lussiano, contacted me to do a shoot for Dani Phae. A week later she told me that we had the opportunity to photograph on a plane. We took a tour around the airport that would lead us up to a plane to photograph. But we only had a short window of 30 minutes. So really, just good enough for one shot. Ironically, that day, the plane we were taking a tour of had to go through inspection, so we took advantage of all the extra time to make the magic happen. So yes it’s a real plane hahaha.

JR: What is your ultimate goal with your work? What do you hope to gain at the end of the day?

GR: It’s at the tip of my tongue. I still don’t fully know, but I do know that I have a voice to influence the next influencer. I think at the end of the day, I hope to publish my selective work so that people can own it. I still feel like I have a lot of personal challenges I need to pass through in order to get at the bigger picture. One of those personal challenges is to get better at my craft and to survive another year in NYC.

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