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0905-08nic_B_2 - Los Maitenes - Cajón Río Colorado - Chile

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0905-08nic_B_2 - Los Maitenes - Cajón Río Colorado - Chile

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Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

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2008

Archival fine art/photographic fiber paper or 100% cotton rag baryta pigment based paper

Edition of 5

Dimensions: 50cm (H) x 50cm (W) x 0.1cm (D) / 19.7" (H) x 19.7" (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 100% cotton Baryta paper using a Canon 12 inks printer machine and shipped from Chile.

Story:
These are images taken from a waterfall at Cajón Río Colorado, located near Alfalfal hydroelectric power station. I published some time ago on my blog Vertical Water, images of the same waterfall, but from a distance
During weekend sightseeing through the Cajón Río Colorado, near Santiago, I saw a distant waterfall. All though I had with my Rollei6006, had only taken on lens and the Waterfall looked small in the viewfinder.
I would return 2 years later at the end of Spring where there was still plenty of water. This time, I came with full equipment, including a long and very heavy telephoto lens. My two younger children came along, it didn’t look a difficult path, as could see the waterfall one kilometer away.
At 75% of our trek, we found a steep hill and started to climb, however, not difficult for young teenagers. As we climbed the hill became almost vertical, had no ropes or anything to secure us. Knew that I wasn’t far away from the top of this hill, thinking that the waterfall would be located there. Couldn’t risk the children, so left them on a flat small entrance, and continued with my heavy backpack and tripod.
When I finally made it to the top, discovered that there was a cliff separating the hill and the waterfall. Also, I was still far away from where I planned to be. The children were 50 meters below, but the strong wind would not allow me to hear them, and vice versa.
Due to the height, as well as the strong winds, the water evaporated into mist at the middle. No apparent water arrived at the bottom, just the mist that gathered in the ground becoming back into a stream.
I had to rush putting film and mounting the camera over the tripod with the long 450mm telephoto. Placing the tripod almost at ground level, to avoid wind and vibration.
Although the images came sharp, the chromatic aberration of the Zeiss telephoto was very strong. I had to discard most of the color images, however some of the Black and White, have good contrast.
While all this was happening 4 Cóndores were flying around us with curiosity.
This week I have digitally redeveloped these images which I am sharing with you.

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Born: 1955

Hometown: La Paz

Based in: Calera de Tango

Photographer dedicated to portraying 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 and Vincent Van Gogh work has forged my technique to pursue the chase of Water and capture its beauty, while visiting more than 40 countries. Living in 10 of them and 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.

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 learning and using new digital tools.


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