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LrD119-1298 - Río Serrano - Magallanes - Chile

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LrD119-1298 - Río Serrano - Magallanes - Chile

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Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

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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:
The Acceso Serrano is the South entrance to Torres del Paine Park. 20 years ago, I came to the same place where there was an old wooden bridge that burden down. This in-communicated the Tyndall Hotel on the other side of the Serrano River.
During my last visit, discovered a bridge and a road towards Puerto Natales were built, reducing one hour driving time. However, the shorter distance and time saving is lost due to road bad conditions, which need a speed reduction.
I always understood that the Burned Bridge (Puente Quemado), was the original shortest connection with the town of Puerto Natales. My understanding was that the burning of the bridge could have been due to a small town close to the border with Argentina, that lives from tourists’ influx, but having a longer road, people would prefer the shortest route.
It was the rivalry with the hotel located at the South side of Río Serrano. The hotel had an excellent restaurant, that captured many customers from other lodges in the park.
Although I saw the burned bridge during my first visit, I did not register it on film. Today with the construction of the new bridge, all remaining’s are gone. However, this smaller pedestrian bridge about a kilometer downstream, has the same looks of what I saw the first time.

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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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