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LrD112-0254 - Laguna Arcoíris - Conguillío - Chile

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LrD112-0254 - Laguna Arcoíris - Conguillío - Chile by Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

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2021

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:

When I first came to the park, I was using a Nikon F3 with slide film. However, don’t recall photographing this small pond, which it would translate as Rainbow Lagoon, or possibly they weren’t good enough. It would be ten years later (1993) when I returned with my family and we stayed longer at the park. I took images of it, but none came out as expected, some out-focus. Don't know how but managed to climb a hill to take images. This is one of the few I took at that time, it shows water at full height, due to a rainy summer.
The history of the lagoon is that it was formed 320 year ago, with the eruption of the Llaima volcano. The lava blocked the crystal clear streams that flowed nearby, forming this pond. The water covered the burned trees which you still can see them under water. The name is due to the multiple autumn leaves color, that reflect in the water like a Rainbow.
Returning last week. I found the pond much smaller, possibly the 2 eruptions could have reduced its size. I photographed at different times of the day. During the last day, walking along the road that is adjacent and about 4 meters higher, I found a good spot. It was from a tree growing towards the water. Unfortunately or luckily, my spectacles fell to the edge of the water.
The height difference of 13 feet, with a slop almost vertical was almost impossible to get down without a rope. Finally made it, collecting my spectacles I discovered a perfect composition, so went back to gather my camera. Having lot of trouble walking my way up, a park ranger appeared telling me that I could not be there. However he passed me the camera and patiently waited for me to take the images, that I am sharing.
Plan to visit next May, when the fall color appears to take new images of Laguna Arcoíris better enhanced. Also find the place where I climbed to take the arial view.

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Artist Profile

Born: 1955

Hometown: La Paz

Based in: Calera de Tango - Chile

Photographer dedicated to portraye 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 perfection and the impressionism colors such as Vincent Van Gogh work has forged my technique to pursue the chase of Water and capture its beauty. While visiting more than 40 countries and living in 10 of them, have now 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. Other images are non-repeatable due to nature effects.

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 investigating, learning, and using new digital tools.


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