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1043-03 - Glaciar Grey - Chile

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1043-03 - Glaciar Grey - Chile

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Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

US$ 7,000

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2013

C-flex-poly-based paper high-gloss or c-metallic- kodak ultra endura poly-based glossy finish paper.

Edition of 5

Dimensions: 90cm (H) x 90cm (W) x 0.1cm (D) / 35.4" (H) x 35.4" (W) x 0.04" (D)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

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I decided to travel back to Torres del Paine, to do a Grey glacier outing. For which I had contracted a tour to walk over the glacier. Was going alone, but my sons suggested that I should go with someone, so my eldest daughter came along.

Two days before the trip during a funeral on a hill, I went with a thin suit. I did not count it would be a cold day. When the cold wind appeared, I felt a pain on my back.
Took a red eye flight arriving Punta Arenas at 5AM; as we drove the rented car, my back pain increased. Closer to the park, the mobile phones stopped working and you have Internet on certain lodges.

We took the Grey II ship that crosses Grey Lake towards the lodge, adjacent to the glacier. I was worried that with my back pain I would have trouble trekking in the glacier. It took 25 minutes to get to the lodge from where the Zodiac left us. Carrying the backpacks and a large bag with equipment and others. The pain was increasing by the minute; was embarrassed as my daughter had to help me carry the large bag. Finally, we arrived at the warm lodge in the middle of the forest, the 25 minutes seemed hours.

The lodge had Internet, and after retrieving my mails I discovered that the glacier trek was cancelled.
As things did not go as expected, had to re-plan the different activities. After four days of back pain that disturbed my photography, took the ship to where we left the car. The ship passed on its return close to the glacier. All the tourists had large digital cameras with stabilizers and took all the best places. I was using my Rollei 6006 with slow film (50 ASA). In this situation in which I would use a tripod, but being on a ship the tripod was useless. Prayed the ship would not rock much and that the 125 camera speed would be enough to compensate the movement.

Found an opening with no tourist and made many images. After the films was developed, the images came better than expected. Nevertheless, I still have plans to go back to do a Grey Glacier outing.

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Artist Profile

Born: 1955

Hometown: La Paz

Based in: Calera de Tango

Photographer dedicated to portraying Water.

It was late 1955 when my eyes peeped in the city of La Paz at the high Andes. Since then, they have learned by capturing sparkles from the masters.

The influence of Ansel Adams and Vincent Van Gogh works 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 mainly using film in a medium format camera, as well as digital, capturing the beauty of water in all its forms; denouncing many times the little interest that our civilized world invests in its purification, conservation and preservation. Printed mainly on large size fine art photographic paper, for Color as well as Black & White, also, for certain images use ink based printing.

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 were taken in glaciers that have disappeared during the last 20 years.

Started oil painting and developing 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.

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