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LrD110-0012 - Santa Gabriela - Calera de Tango - Chile

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LrD110-0012 - Santa Gabriela - Calera de Tango - Chile

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Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

US$ 6,600

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2020

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:
For many years we had a small tangerine tree marking the entrance of our house, but it suddenly died. We never knew the reason but guess that one of the gardeners emptied the remaining of an herbicide on the surrounding soil. He used to spray it over the parkway, so grass and other herbs would not grow over the gravel entrance.
The tangerine replacement was another tree, a Japanese Maple, however it did not last long. It could be the heat and sun that this zone of the house has, or the contaminated soil. Finally we replaced the upper level of the soil and planted an assortment of succulent plants. They have lasted since last summer and throughout the winter as well.
After this introduction, and as I could not go out due to the pandemic, they became the subject. Used my Rollei 6008 with Black and White film, images that I published last September on post Santa Gabriela Garden. Although I used Zeiss prime lenses, which were built with 30+ years old technology, images were not sharp and the film grain produced a soft look, and very little depth of field. As I used the extension rings, the depth of field was further reduced.
Last week my new Sony A7R IV arrived, so I tested it with taking images of the Succulents.
The lens quality paired with the extension rings; I was able to do macro photography. Sharp details where I wanted and beautiful bokeh on the backgrounds.

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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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