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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

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2013

C-flex-poly-based paper high-gloss photographic paper or 100% cotton rag baryta pigment based 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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Images printed on Fujiflex Crystal Archive silver halide photographic paper using a Lambda machine will be shipped from NY.
Images printed on 100% cotton Baryta paper using a Canon 12 inks printer machine will be shipped from Chile.

Story:
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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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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