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0815-09 - Rome - Italy

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2005

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 are shipped from NY.
Images printed on 100% cotton Baryta paper using a Canon 12 inks printer machine are shipped from Chile.
Story:

After a presentation I made in Rome, had some time in the afternoon. Rushed to visit the Roman ruins and the Fontana di Trevi, where I took a few closeup images. Couldn’t get closer to the water fountain as the guards would not allow anyone.
Although I am not very happy with this image of the fountain, many people liked it.
Walking back on Via di San Pietro in Carcers, I found this fountain, which reminded me of the fountain at Lake Como, image I took 4 years earlier.
Mounted my tripod and camera, making sure they were all strapped to my belt (as I do in large cities). I did not want to start chasing someone that accidentally thought that the expensive camera was free to take.
As the fountain was near the top of a hill, many children and tourists stopped to drink water. I had to wait a long time to have the fountain with no people. Two policemen were uneasy watching at a person just standing and waiting, strapped to a tripod and camera.

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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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