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LrD113-0513 - Calera de Tango - Chile

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LrD113-0513 - Calera de Tango - Chile by Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

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LrD113-0513 - Calera de Tango - Chile

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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:
During end of autumn and beginning of winter 2018, while cleaning my pool I captured a selfie with the iPhone. I did not realize it was a selfie until a nephew mentioned it. For me it was a faded blue background with the red and brown floating leave, accompanied by a shadow. This shadow that helped on the composition, happened to be me, which I later call this image as a selfie.
Every year at the end of summer, leaves start to cover the garden like a brown reddish carpet. This colorful carpet looks very nice, however with the morning dew, sticking to your shoes, bringing them inside the house.
Depending on the zone of the garden you will have different shapes and colors of leaves. I had planned to do some close up image of these zones, but the gardener had already collected the leaves.
This week, still in autumn, saw many leaves at the bottom of the pool, and decided to photograph them. The idea was to do a different version of the selfie image. On this occasion I used a Sony A7R IV.
After a few shots, reviewing the images, the leaves looked washed brown and no aesthetic composition could be made. However when I moved a floating devise, that was interfering the area of view, many leaves appeared floating. The intense red and brown autumn colors contrasted over dark blue color of the pool. After the digital development, I found that there was a lot of dust floating, which I decided to maintain.
I made many images, being these the ones I like most.

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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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