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Lr0845-11B_2 - Lago Coihuin - Chiloé - Chile

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Lr0845-11B_2 - Lago Coihuin - Chiloé - Chile

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Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

US$ 8,200

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M - 102cm (H) x 125cm (W) x 0.1cm (D) / 40.2" (H) x 49.2" (W) x 0.04" (D)

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2007

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

Edition of 5

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

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Description:
Size 120x147 cm is printed on Ilford Fibre silver halide photographic B&W paper using a Lambda machine and shipped from NY.
Size 102x125 cm is printed on 100% cotton Baryta paper using a Canon 12 inks printer machine and shipped from Chile.

Story:
We went on vacations to Coihuin. The colors in Chiloé used to be on a grey tint as it was constantly raining before the climate changed.
During our stay we had blue sky, as it did not rain during the entire 14 days. On a previous occasion I had searched for small waterfalls but located none. Near the place we were staying I only found this lake.
On an early morning when all the family was sleeping, I went out to the lake which at that time it looked like a mirror.
Was using a Mamiya camera that my friend Jaime had borrowed and took color images. I had time to work for myself, the wind only appeared an hour later.
I was not pleased how the color images came out and filed them. These are digital converted B&W images that gives the sense of tranquility, where I show Lago Coihuin at its best.

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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 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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