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LrD123-2359_B - Celestún - Yucatán - México

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LrD123-2359_B - Celestún - Yucatán - México

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Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

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2022

Archival fine art/photographic fiber paper or photo 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 Ilford Fibre silver halide photographic B&W paper using a Lambda machine and shipped from NY.
Images printed on Photo Rag Baryta paper using a Canon 12 inks printer machine and shipped from Chile.

Story:
I was going to a wedding at Mérida and friend told me that I should reserve a day at Celestún.
The road crosses vast zones of forests ending on a bridge that crosses the Celestún Ría.
In this estuary there are thousands of Flamingos residing and all the channels where the manglers grow. Adjacent to the bridge there is a docking area with motorboats that take you on different tours, call Parador Celestún.
Besides using the motorboats, you can visit the manglers using a kayak or a canoe. This area is marked in the map as Guardianes de los manglares, which are the local cooperative of tours.
The canoe or kayak tours go through 800 meters of manglers ending at the Ría, are done by a guide who knows the path. The guide will explain the different vegetation or fauna, while he propels the canoe similar to the gondolas at Venice.
You will be able to see from lizards, small crocodile and their babies, golden spiders and an eagle, amongst others.
As you exit the Ría, where the water waves make a shaky ride until you arrive to a small dock. Here is locate the forest recovery area (during a hurricane 20+ years ago it wiped an entire area of manglers. You can still see the remaining of the mangler trees a salinized lagoon.

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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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