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0998-07_2 - Río Vagantes - Yungas - Bolivia

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0998-07_2 - Río Vagantes - Yungas - Bolivia

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2012

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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Description:
Taken on color reversal film and scanned, worked on the digital darkroom.
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:
We decided to travel to Bolivia for our family vacations; we were a group of nine. One of the stops was the town of Coroico in the Northern part of the Yungas region. To get to this town you take a road that passes nearby Acero Marka, where I made many photographs. Place is also known as you pass through the Death Road (one of the most dangerous roads in the world). While we were there, my brother came along, so we were a party of fourteen. He suggested going to a river called Río Vagantes.
It took us an hour to get to the place that was not far away. The region is full of mountain roads that take time. Everyone went swimming; I had other plans and searched for a place to take pictures of water.

It rained the previous night, so the river was tinted with a yellowish color from the earth of surrounding hills. The only composition I could see was below a bridge. There was a small edge where I could stand and place my tripod. The rocks were slippery and did not have plans to swim with my camera. Had no rope or harness, so I used the car pulley that my son managed to secure me with.

Images came out as good as I wanted, in spite of all the mosquito bites that stayed itching for many days, but Río Vagantes colors stayed for ever.

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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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