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CoD065-2659B - Salinas de Pullally - Chile

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CoD065-2659B - Salinas de Pullally - Chile

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Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

US$ 7,300

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2016

Archival fine art photographic fiber paper or 100% cotton rag baryta pigment based paper

Edition of 5

Dimensions: 80cm (H) x 120cm (W) x 0.1cm (D) / 31.5" (H) x 47.2" (W) x 0.04" (D)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

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Images printed on Ilford Fibre silver halide photographic B&W paper using a Lambda machine and shipped from NY.
Images printed on 100% cotton Baryta paper using a Canon 12 inks printer machine and shipped from Chile.

Story:
This image of Salinas de Pullally taken in B&W, that have and give a different perception of the location.
This zone is not known to many as the it is located in a private estate. The Chilean law do allow free access to anyone to the costal zones, however due to the harsh sea conditions, there is no beach or port of access.
These conditions make private the zone that has small ponds adjacent to the sea. The ponds are filled with sea water brought by the sea waves. The water is refreshed constantly, so you have clear water on them, but very cold. Our friend like to bathe in this cold water, I prefer just to take images, or go to the Caribbean.
On previous post I mentioned about these ponds that were filled with the debris of a mattress. The images I published before were all in color, these are in Black and White. The harsh sea waves that destroyed the mattress, the also polish and gives form to the rocks.
When I took these images it was a very calm day, with little wind, letting the ponds to become mirrors. Although the rocks were colorful, the monochrome view enhances the aging of time on them.
These ponds are free of the mattress debris, which still roam after 7 years since I first saw them. Will travel this summer COVID permitting to see the Salinas de Pullally ponds and take in B&W new images.

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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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