View In Room
View In Room
C-flex-poly-based paper high-gloss photographic 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.
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.
These are images from a Breiðamerkurjökull glacier cave in Iceland showing details of compressed air bubbles captured long time ago.
My first encounter with the glacier compressed air bubbles was in 2004 visiting Torres del Paine national park in Chile.
On the trip we decided to take a small boat to see Grey Glacier from a close distance. The travel is about 1.5 hours through a very choppy wave lake till you see the majestic blocks of ice. This rocky movement produced waves hitting the front windshields creating curious designs that I photographed. While changing roll film from the camera, I noticed that some people were filling a form. They explained that it was for people that would be hiking through the glacier, and that if I was interested.
One hour later I was adjusting the crampons to my boots and started trekking with a group of tourists. The owner of the trekking agency was on this trip, seeing the large and heavy equipment, decided to be my personal guide. This enabled me to move freely and stop as long as I needed to take photographs.
On the multiform ice terrain, I saw a large hole, which I later learned it was called Moulin. Had to descend with the rope and lot of effort to have the crampons pressed against the sides of the hole. Taking many images, changing roll film and sustain the camera and tripod to fall far below was a difficult task. These compressed air bubbles images were published on my August 2018 blog post In a Moulin at Grey Glacier.
Twelve years later I would be taking similar images, but from a very comfortable angle, however avoiding tourist to interfere.
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Hometown: La Paz
Based in: Calera de Tango
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.
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 learning and using new digital tools.
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