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Co0633-14 - Moltracio - Italy

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Co0633-14 - Moltracio - Italy

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Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

US$ 4,250

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2001

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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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 was traveling on an assignment for my office. Had an extensive agenda visiting Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France and the UK. I decided to drive as my wife came along. So while I’d be working, she would be going shopping and sightseeing. In Geneva, she asked me to help her to select some clothing at a store. On our way, I found a store that sold photographic equipment. For many months I was searching for the new Nikon scanner that was sold out around the world.
Entered the store and made same question I had done for months, which was sure would be negative …do you have the Nikon LS8000 scanner? They said …yes…. I said to myself: something is not right, -maybe it is a faulty one-. We left the store and walked towards the clothing store, where I found a second photo store. I told my wife that she could go along, and I would join her in a couple of minutes. Entered the asked the same question, again, the answer was: …yes… This led to the next question, about the price; it had small difference to the USA price. I made the third question: …do you have it in stock? Again, a positive response. had to make the last question to get quickly out of the store: … do you accept credit cards?
Minutes later I was walking through Geneva with a huge box and an angry wife. It was the beginning of the trip, so the scanner crossed a few borders and checkpoints before returning to Chile. Specially getting into England, as the day we started our trip the second war in Iraq had just began, and the border controls were stricter.
While traveling with this box, on a weekend that we were in Italy I asked for a nice place at Lake Como. Our reservations went to a hotel in Moltracio, facing the lake. Up the trail from the hotel, I found this fountain, lightly illuminated and vivid colors were perfect.

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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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