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LrD072-3451 - Hilton Head Island - South Carolina - USA

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LrD072-3451 - Hilton Head Island - South Carolina - USA

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Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

US$ 6,600

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2016

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.

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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.

Story:
On the same trip to Hilton Head Island where I took images of the Jellyfish, while walking on another side of the Island, the weather was still cloudy, so had low contrast, we were at the Historic Mitchelville Freedom park. This park commemorates the first site where people born into slavery became free in the USA. There are small constructions that reminisce what happened at that time.

At the end of the park you arrive to the beach where the wetland meets the sea. I found a small stream of running water, but some had dark colors. When I approached, found a dark blue color liquid, it could be ink, paint or some type of oil.

The combination was interesting and made a few images, however when I developed the RAW images, they came out dull. Last week using a different digital RAW developer I was able to obtain colors that were registered in my mind. NIK Collection software enhanced the blue color and the images that I printed in Hahnemühle Metallic paper came out superb.

I will never know it the strange blue color I found at Hilton Head Island was pollution or something else.

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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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