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LrD113-0744_2 - Calera de Tango - Chile

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LrD113-0744_2 - Calera de Tango - Chile by Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

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LrD113-0744_2 - Calera de Tango - Chile

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2021

Chromogenic paper: kodak metallic photographic paper using a lambda machine) or 100% cotton rag baryta metallic 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 Kodak Metallic photographic paper using a Lambda machine are shipped from NY.
Images printed on Photo Rag Baryta Metallic paper using a Canon 12 inks printer machine are shipped from Chile.

Story:
Early July I published the Black & White version the garden micro ice images on the entrance flowers.
The previous weekend it rained so we had a lot of humidity in the country zone. Early while having breakfast, I noticed that the grass lawn was white. I knew that most of the flowers would have micro droplets of the dew frozen by the below zero temperature.
The house entrance is facing South where we have many flowers, so the winter Sun does not appear until mid-morning.
This enabled me to have enough light without dark shades, in addition the micro ice would maintain its frozen condition.
I was using extension rings, that give you a very small depth of field.
There was slight breeze so I could only take one image at the time and could not do Focus Staking to solve the depth of field.
However, I did try to use the Pixel Shift option of the camera which allows to obtain images with 240 megapixels, but the breeze did affect. The software that merges the 16 images, did notice the micro movement and the resulting image was not of my satisfaction.

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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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