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LrD094-4885 - Calera de Tango - Chile

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LrD094-4885 - Calera de Tango - Chile

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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:
These are images I took and can still take while the pandemic locks me down. They were taken from my garden or walking around my neighborhood. Like the images I shared on posts: Clouds Fireworks Carnival, Cirrus Clouds at home, Cloud Formations or Clouds at home.
In this occasion, the color composition between blue and orange is complementing each other, like I never recorded before. It took me a few tests and paper to obtain the same color balance while printing.
Will continue to record the cloud formations that occur away from Santiago city, where the air is slightly cleaner. Although, due to Covid-19, there is less pollution, and the air is cleaner, at least I hear very few airplanes.
During this last year, I haven’t seen any Cirrus clouds, as the ones I saw a few years ago. Which to me were a carnival of fireworks. They painted the sky very rapidly and went away very fast as well.
Hope soon travel restrictions will be lifted, so I can travel to my favorite places where I excel my passion.

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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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