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Co0673-04 - Grey Glacier - Chile (The teardrop)

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Co0673-04 - Grey Glacier - Chile (The teardrop)

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Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

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US$ 7,500

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M - 102cm (H) x 102cm (W) x 0.1cm (D) / 40.2" (H) x 40.2" (W) x 0.04" (D)

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2002

C-flex-poly-based paper high-gloss photographic paper or 100% cotton rag baryta pigment based paper.

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Size 120x120 cm is printed on Fujiflex Crystal Archive silver halide photographic 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:
For a long time, my wife and I were planning to visit Torres del Paine National Park. One of the most beautiful parks in Chile. Due to its proximity to the South Pole, the weather is unpredictable. I received all sorts of recommendations on when to go there: almost every month of the year.
Reviewing AccuWeather I saw the satellite map that a cold front was about to hit the South of the continent. Gambled that after it, we would have good weather and was right: we had one entire week of clear sky.

While taking the ship to the glacier, discovered a group that was going to trek through the glacier. I had to be part of it. In this opportunity, Sergio E., one of the founders of Big Foot (the operator who makes these trips), came along. My wife decided not to go, I signed the waiver papers to trek the glacier, preparing myself for the adventure.
Sergio made sure I went to every cave and place where I could take the photographs. In this photograph, I am in the middle of a Moulin (a hole or tunnel in a glacier). My legs are wide open pressing the crampons against the ice walls trying not to fall. One hand holding the tripod that skated over the ice, and the other hand changing rolls and lenses. The Lambda machine technician where I do my c-prints, had a hard time trying to match the blue color. The same issue occurred to me when generating the image to be published on my book.

Although I do not put names to my photographs (just a number and location), I baptized this one as “The Teardrop”.

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Artist Profile

Born: 1955

Hometown: La Paz

Based in: Calera de Tango - Chile

Photographer dedicated to portraying 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 and Vincent Van Gogh work 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 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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