Interview with Gonzalo W Benard, author of The Sacred Book of G

2HandS by GBenardCan you tell me about your photography? What images do you like to capture? What message do you wish to convey?

GB – I do photography as I did sculpture, painting or drawing: as a means of expression, or as a need of creating. Even though I always created visually, and did more than 40 exhibitions worldwide, I always had the need of writing, more privately though, as if in my own parallel word. In photography I often use myself to represent the concepts, but they are mostly about the relation of human/nature, life/death, cultural rituals, sociology treats, etc. My photographs of nature though are less known. But it is mostly human related, essentially more towards psychology and sociology. Like the series I’ve been working on with the young loners through a webcam, as I never understood loneliness. In this series “B Shot by a Stranger” I had lots of volunteers who were lonely and participated as part of this art/sociology project. I feel that I can do a master in loneliness now, not having experimenting it though.

Last year I received an email from one of the volunteers saying thank you again for the experience and telling me that he had decided to commit suicide on the day we did the photographic session, but the experience of the shooting was so intense, that it made him want to live fully with new aims. Only this was worth the whole project.

Maybe because being autistic, I don’t have that need of connection with others, so I don’t need their physical presence (also, once I’m always creating I have more connection with myself). Sometimes when I’m in the desert or in the country house alone, I forget that people exist. And being visual, I often think of people as floating brains. So what I do in photography is to represent that part, more into sociology, philosophy and culturally, even if representing it using my own body, connected with elements of nature, as a Totem, or as a Shaman. In fact I used some of these photographs to illustrate the book.


Your book cover art is stunning. Did you take the photograph?

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Jo Worgan is a published author, writer and blogger. She has a degree in English Literature. She writes about life with her youngest son who is on the autistic spectrum. Jo tweets (@mummyworgan) and is also a freelance columnist for the Lancaster Guardian. ‘My Life with Tom, Living With Autism‘ is her second book and a culmination of her blog posts, and available on Kindle now, along with her first book, Life on the Spectrum. The Preschool years.