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D018-0445_B_2 - La Parva - Lo Barnechea - Chile

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D018-0445_B_2 - La Parva - Lo Barnechea - Chile by Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

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D018-0445_B_2 - La Parva - Lo Barnechea - Chile

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2014

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

Edition of 5

Dimensions: 45.5cm (H) x 30.3cm (W) x 0.1cm (D) / 17.9" (H) x 11.9" (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:
On this opportunity I was with my Sony A7R and went to La Parva to take images of snow shapes.
Although I must confess that my initial intention was to take images of the small waterfall. It is a small river is located close to the ski center. The location is just 100 meters (330 feet) from the parking zone, so had no trouble taking my heavy gear.
It was winter again, however we had very little rain, which is snow in the high zones close to Santiago. The small waterfalls had no ice and nothing interesting to photograph. Made some images of the a few icicles hanging from a rock but did not like how they came out.
The light started to change and was able to visualize the shapes of La Parva hills. They made forms as if someone had brushed them while painting. Even the small amount of fallen snow was enough to cover the terrain.
The images were taken in color, but digitally converted them to b&w, which gave a better interpretation of my feel.
I would return on year later to the same location where I made the color image, with a different interpretation of La Parva shapes.

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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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