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Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

Born: 1955

Hometown: La Paz

Based in: Calera de Tango

Photographer dedicated to portraying Water.

It was late 1955 when my eyes peeped at the city of La Paz near the high Andes. Since then, they have learned by capturing sparkles of light.

The influence of Ansel Adams and Vincent Van Gogh work has forged my technique to pursue the chase of Water and capture its beauty, while visiting more than 40 countries. Living in 10 of them and settled at the small town of Calera de Tango in Chile.

My work is done using film in a medium format, as well as digital cameras. Capturing the beauty of water in all its forms; denouncing many times the little interest that our civilized world invests in its conservation and preservation. Printing mainly on large size fine art photographic paper, for Color as well as Black & White; lately using ink based printing and fine art digital paper.

Water, an important resource, source of life, and protagonist of my exhibitions around the world, that converge between the look of the paused movement, preserving it for future generations, as is the case of certain images that I took at a glacier that has disappeared during the last 20 years.

Started oil painting and playing in darkroom at the age of 10, later taking pictures of what my eyes noticed. Took as much photography courses as I could, forging my technique and creating the water portfolio. Still continue learning and using new digital tools.


82 works for sale

Co098-5714_2 - Breiðamerkurjökull - Iceland

Gonzalo Contreras del Solar, Chile

Photography

US$ 6,600

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Co098-5649_2 - Breiðamerkurjökull - Iceland by Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

Gonzalo Contreras del Solar, Chile

Photography

US$ 6,600

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Co098-5708_2 - Breiðamerkurjökull - Iceland by Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

Gonzalo Contreras del Solar, Chile

Photography

US$ 6,600

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Co098-5655_2 - Breiðamerkurjökull - Iceland by Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

Gonzalo Contreras del Solar, Chile

Photography

US$ 6,600

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0742-08/1 - Jungfraujoch - Switzerland by Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

Gonzalo Contreras del Solar, Chile

Photography

US$ 4,150

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0744-08/1 - Jungfraujoch - Switzerland by Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

Gonzalo Contreras del Solar, Chile

Photography

US$ 4,150

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Water gives life by Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

Gonzalo Contreras del Solar, Chile

Photography

US$ 550

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LrD094-4885 - Calera de Tango - Chile by Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

Gonzalo Contreras del Solar, Chile

Photography

US$ 6,600

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Co0436-17 - Río Caunahue - Chile by Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

Gonzalo Contreras del Solar, Chile

Photography

US$ 7,500

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LrD057-2257B - Over Mendoza - Argentina by Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

Gonzalo Contreras del Solar, Chile

Photography

US$ 7,300

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LrD059-2319B - Near Bogotá Colombia by Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

Gonzalo Contreras del Solar, Chile

Photography

US$ 7,300

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LrD033-0875B - Over Argentina-Brazil by Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

Gonzalo Contreras del Solar, Chile

Photography

US$ 7,300

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Gonzalo Contreras del Solar In The Studio

"After taking the picture, analog or digital, I work on my digital darkroom adjusting the image to convey the feeling I had when capturing it. Although I do the pigment based printing at my studio using a 11+1 ink Canon printer, adhering strictly to the color management, it allows me to use a laser printer over B&W and color fine art photographic paper that is done at professional service in NY."

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More About Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

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What inspires you?

Portraying water in all its forms from around the world.

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Describe your creative process.

Search location, plan on time of the year, research distance, restrictions, sun angle, arrive early & leave late, let my eyes search and wait for the light to paint the image, capture as much a possible (specially with film), register metadata, (when working with film, develop and scan), review work in the digital room, select the best images for printing, using the best papers and printers, adjust print to closely match what the eyes envisioned, displaying images, plan for the next outing.

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What are 3 words that best describe your work?

Water Beauty Energy

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Who are some artists that have influenced your work?

Ansel Adams & Vicent Van Gogh

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What is the most important tool when creating your work?

Camera & patience

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What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

Do not leave the location you are photographing until it is totally dark and test/practice new equipment before going to a location, you might not be able repeat the image.

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Where do you go for inspiration?

National parks, however any place that has a small stream of water, a waterfall, as well as any ice.


Collections featuring Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

13 Collections

Blue Art Collection

65 Artists, 69 Products

Last Updated Jan 19, 2021

Winter Art

23 Artists, 32 Products

Last Updated Jan 06, 2021

Winter Art

23 Artists, 32 Products

Last Updated Jan 06, 2021

Floral Art Collection

34 Artists, 47 Products

Last Updated Dec 09, 2020

Floral Art Collection

34 Artists, 47 Products

Last Updated Dec 09, 2020

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Credentials

Awards

Goethe Institut competition

1984

Awards

Goethe Institut competition

1984

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