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Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

Born: 1955

Hometown: La Paz

Based in: Calera de Tango - Chile

Photographer dedicated to portraye 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 perfection and the impressionism colors such as Vincent Van Gogh work has forged my technique to pursue the chase of Water and capture its beauty. While visiting more than 40 countries and living in 10 of them, have now 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. Other images are non-repeatable due to nature effects.

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 investigating, learning, and using new digital tools.


153 works for sale

Lr0845-11B_2 - Lago Coihuin - Chiloé - Chile

Gonzalo Contreras del Solar, Bolivia

Photography

$ 8,200

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Co0832-02_2 - Las 7 Tazas - Chile by Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

Gonzalo Contreras del Solar, Bolivia

Photography

$ 7,700

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Co0633-14_2 - Moltracio - Italy by Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

Gonzalo Contreras del Solar, Bolivia

Photography

$ 4,250

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LrD114-0971_N - Calera de Tango - Chile by Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

Gonzalo Contreras del Solar, Bolivia

Photography

$ 6,600

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0746-06_2 - Jungfraujoch - Switzerland by Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

Gonzalo Contreras del Solar, Bolivia

Photography

$ 8,000

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0685-02 - Torres del Paine - Chile by Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

Gonzalo Contreras del Solar, Bolivia

Photography

$ 7,500

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0624-01 - Bosques del Mauco - Chile by Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

Gonzalo Contreras del Solar, Bolivia

Photography

$ 8,000

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Co0085-09 - Acero Marka - Bolivia by Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

Gonzalo Contreras del Solar, Bolivia

Photography

$ 7,500

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0815-09 - Rome - Italy by Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

Gonzalo Contreras del Solar, Bolivia

Photography

$ 7,500

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LrD114-0948_B - Calera de Tango - Chile by Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

Gonzalo Contreras del Solar, Bolivia

Photography

$ 7,300

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1002-16 - Río Vagantes - Yungas - Bolivia by Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

Gonzalo Contreras del Solar, Bolivia

Photography

$ 7,500

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0602-11_2 - Schaffhausen - Switzerland by Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

Gonzalo Contreras del Solar, Bolivia

Photography

$ 8,000

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Gonzalo Contreras del Solar In The Studio

"After taking a 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 12 ink Canon printer, adhering strictly to the color management, I also use a laser printer over B&W and color fine art photographic paper which is done at Laumont, a 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 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, register metadata, when working with film, develop and scan and finally review work in the digital darkroom, select the best images for printing. Use the best papers and printers, adjust print to closely match what the eyes envisioned and display 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.


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Credentials

Education

ITESM

Mexico, 1981

Exhibitions

Goethe Institut - Water

1984

Instituto Chileno Norteamericano. Title: Water

1996

Corporación Cultural de Las Condes. Title: It’s only Water

2001

Corporación Cultural de Las Condes. Title: Water as-is

2003

FotoAmérica 2004, Mall Plaza Oeste. Title: Nearby Waters

2004

FotoAmérica 2004, Edificio Huidobro. Title: Waters of the World

2004

Galería M2. Theme: My Beach

2004

Marziart International Gallery. Theme: Water in Blue

2004

Inter-American Development Bank. Theme: Digital Photography

2004

Kévés Stúdio Galería. Theme: Bolivian art

2006

Icebox Gallery. Title: Waters of the World in Blue

2006

Corporación Cultural de Las Condes. Title: Sabattier Revisited

2006

ArsLatino. Title: Waters of the World 2

2006

FotoAmérica 2006, Museo Rancagua. Title: The Water

2006

Foto Encuentro 2007. Theme: Waters of the World in Blue[

2007

Centro Cultural de España. Theme: HonoringGonzalo Rojas.

2007

FotoAmérica 2008, Galería Isabel Aninat. Title: I’m Water

2008

Museo Agbar. Title: De l’Aigua

2008

Buenos Aires Photo. (Isabel Aninat Gallery )

2009

CorporaciónCultural El Tranque

2016

Awards

Goethe Institut competition

1984

Education

ITESM

Mexico, 1981

Exhibitions

Goethe Institut - Water

1984

Instituto Chileno Norteamericano. Title: Water

1996

Corporación Cultural de Las Condes. Title: It’s only Water

2001

Corporación Cultural de Las Condes. Title: Water as-is

2003

FotoAmérica 2004, Mall Plaza Oeste. Title: Nearby Waters

2004

FotoAmérica 2004, Edificio Huidobro. Title: Waters of the World

2004

Galería M2. Theme: My Beach

2004

Marziart International Gallery. Theme: Water in Blue

2004

Inter-American Development Bank. Theme: Digital Photography

2004

Kévés Stúdio Galería. Theme: Bolivian art

2006

Icebox Gallery. Title: Waters of the World in Blue

2006

Corporación Cultural de Las Condes. Title: Sabattier Revisited

2006

ArsLatino. Title: Waters of the World 2

2006

FotoAmérica 2006, Museo Rancagua. Title: The Water

2006

Foto Encuentro 2007. Theme: Waters of the World in Blue[

2007

Centro Cultural de España. Theme: HonoringGonzalo Rojas.

2007

FotoAmérica 2008, Galería Isabel Aninat. Title: I’m Water

2008

Museo Agbar. Title: De l’Aigua

2008

Buenos Aires Photo. (Isabel Aninat Gallery )

2009

CorporaciónCultural El Tranque

2016

Awards

Goethe Institut competition

1984

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