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Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

Co0200-05 - Yosemite - USA

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1989

C-flex-poly-based paper high-gloss photographic 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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Description:
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:
It was our first visit to Yosemite; winter was just starting; it was almost Christmas time. I had only knowledge of Yosemite based on Ansel Adams, and some guidance from the park ranger.
On our way to Mirror Lake, I found it smaller compared to the images I had seen from Ansel’s book. The amount of sediments deposited throughout the years had reduced its size.
A tourist showed me marks where the lake used to be, when he was young and visiting with his father.
Walking back, I found these icicles. I had a small traveling tripod, which was no appropriate for the heavy camera. Most of the images that needed a tripod except three, came out blurred. Since then, I make space in my suitcase for the heavy and sturdy Gitzo tripod.
While I was taking this photograph, my wife overheard a couple saying: …now that is a professional photographer… I was standing in the middle of the river, however I had to learn a lot to become a professional photographer.

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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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