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0699-16_2 - Lago Grey - Torres del Paine - Magallanes - Chile

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0699-16_2 - Lago Grey - Torres del Paine - Magallanes - Chile by Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

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0699-16_2 - Lago Grey - Torres del Paine - Magallanes - Chile

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Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

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2002

C-flex-poly-based paper high-gloss photographic 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 Fujiflex Crystal Archive silver halide photographic paper using a Lambda machine are shipped from NY.
Images printed on Photo Rag Baryta paper using a Canon 12 inks printer machine are shipped from Chile.

Story:
Today in the newspaper appeared a satellite images of the Grey Glacier in the Patagonia, where 2 very large icebergs decoupled from the glacier. In addition to the size of them, the relation compared to the size of the lake could block the water flow of the river that comes out of the Grey Lake, where the glacier is located.

I have taken images of the glacier a few times, which I am sharing today, but each time I visited, the ice mark of the glacier had move dramatically, which should eventually become a small glacier or disappear, as it happened on a glacier in Bolivia, where I was able to take the last images of ice caves that melted away.

This image was taken at the end of Grey Lake called the Iceberg Cemetery, where the 2 large icebergs will arrive and could block the water flow.

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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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