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0623-03_3 - Bosques del Mauco - Chile

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0623-03_3 - Bosques del Mauco - Chile by Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

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0623-03_3 - Bosques del Mauco - Chile

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Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

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2001

C-flex-poly-based paper high-gloss photographic paper or 100% cotton 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 Fujiflex Crystal Archive silver halide photographic paper using a Lambda machine will be shipped from NY.
Images printed on 100% cotton Baryta paper using a Canon 12 inks printer machine will be shipped from Chile.

Story:
I went to Bosques del Mauco for an offsite meeting which I decided to return one day with my family. On the trip, my daughter wanted to learn photography. We went through a trail along a small creek on an early morning for the photography outing.
Along this creek I found a branch shining in the middle of the stream, with a perfect illumination. I had no doubt that it was a good image and needed to be recorder. I said no words, just mounted the tripod and took Color and Black and White images. Later I continued with the photography lessons.
Using a Lambda machine I printed this image at Laumont with B&W halide photographic fiber paper. I mounted on a frame with a passepartout that complements beautifully the image.
I would travel to Houston a year later for the Fotofest event, where I met with my dear friend from college, Celina.
I had not seen her in more than a decade. Carmina Burana was being played at concert hall the concert. She introduced me to people related to the Houston art community at the end of the event,
I made a small catalog of my images for the Fotofest event, being this color image amongst the most admired.

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Artist Profile

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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