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D076-3743_2B - Calera de Tango - Chile

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D076-3743_2B - Calera de Tango - 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:
It was an early winter morning, I was at home waiting for the rush hour to pass, while I was on a call, I felt a strong wind hitting the Eucalyptus trees that divide my property from my neighbors. This time the noise was very loud, so decided to go out to the garden and saw the strange cloud formation that were painting the blue sky. They looked like sparks of fireworks being created in the sky.

I had to rushed inside, got my camera; which in all took me a few minutes, during that time, the entire sky had changed from my initial view. It looked like a sky carnival. The images were taken in color, but B&W honor the scene.

I later learned that this type of clouds was called Cirrus (that form at a high altitude looking thin and wispy, made of ice crystals and tend to predict weather depending on the wind direction).

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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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