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0578-12_2 - El Cañon del Atuel - Mendoza - Argentina

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0578-12_2 - El Cañon del Atuel - Mendoza - Argentina by Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

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0578-12_2 - El Cañon del Atuel - Mendoza - Argentina

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1999

Archival fine art/photographic fiber paper or photo rag baryta pigment-based paper

Edition of 5

Dimensions: 102cm (H) x 102cm (W) x 0.1cm (D) / 40.2" (H) x 40.2" (W) x 0.04" (D)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

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Images printed on Ilford Fibre silver halide photographic B&W paper using a Lambda machine and shipped from NY.
Images printed on Photo Rag Baryta paper using a Canon 12 inks printer machine and shipped from Chile.

Story:
This image is at Cañon del Atuel reservoir, where the surrounding rock formations are very impressive. There is a particular form emerging from the artificial lake, that represent this curious unique landmark. I used Scala film, which was a positive Black and White film, with rich blacks and contrast made by Agfa. The development of this film was made only by a very few labs in the world, one in Buenos Aires. Like when I took photographs with Kodachrome film, I had to wait many weeks to see the outcome. Today not being able to see how the image came out instantly, is definitely unthinkable.

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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.


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