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1131-02 - Praia as Catedrais - Spain

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1131-02 - Praia as Catedrais - Spain by Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

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1131-02 - Praia as Catedrais - Spain

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Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

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2019

Archival fine art/photographic fiber 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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Description:
Size 120x120 cm is printed on Ilford Fibre silver halide photographic B&W paper using a Lambda machine and shipped from NY.
Size 102x102 cm is printed on 100% cotton Baryta paper using a Canon 12 inks printer machine and shipped from Chile.

Story:
During our trip through the North of Spain, we had planned to visit the Praia as Catedrais (the Cathedrals beach). We rented an apartment close by at Peñarronda, where there is a beautiful beach. However, scouting I found a rock formation at the side that was more impressive.
The lady renting the apartment told us check the tides if we wanted to visit the Playa as Catedrais. Otherwise we wouldn’t be able to see them, you had to walk through the beach, only possible during low tide.
Internet indicated we just missed the low tide, having to wait till the following afternoon, which was not possible.
Was able only and take images of the side of the cathedrals beach, which anyway I liked them.
I used Black and White and color film

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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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