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0998-07_2 - Río Vagantes - Yungas - Bolivia Photograph - Limited Edition of 5

Gonzalo Contreras del Solar


Photography, Color on Paper

Size: 40.2 W x 40.2 H x 0.1 D in

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We decided to travel to Bolivia for our family vacations; we were a group of nine. One of the stops was the town of Coroico in the Northern part of the Yungas region. To get to this town you take a road that passes nearby Acero Marka, where I made many photographs. Place is also known as you pass through the Death Road (one of the most dangerous roads in the world). While we were there, my brother came along, so we were a party of fourteen. He suggested going to a river called Río Vagantes. It took us an hour to get to the place that was not far away. The region is full of mountain roads that take time. Everyone went swimming; I had other plans and searched for a place to take pictures of water. It rained the previous night, so the river was tinted with a yellowish color from the earth of surrounding hills. The only composition I could see was below a bridge. There was a small edge where I could stand and place my tripod. The rocks were slippery and did not have plans to swim with my camera. Had no rope or harness, so I used the car pulley that my son managed to secure me with. Images came out as good as I wanted, in spite of all the mosquito bites that stayed itching for many days, but Río Vagantes colors stayed for ever. C-flex-poly-based paper high-gloss photographic paper or Photo Rag Baryta pigment-based paper.

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Photography:Color on Paper

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:5

Size:40.2 W x 40.2 H x 0.1 D in

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Artist Statement I am a passionate photographer, blessed with curious eyes that are constantly amazed by the forms and designs produced by water, and the combination of its temperature and light. No matter how many pictures I take of the same shot, every time I witness a very different expression. My camera and I have been traveling around the world since 1977, registering its shapes and essence, which I have been sharing through large prints, as an homage to its abundance, fragility, and essential existence; trying to convey the feeling I had at the time of the capture, registering most of the time in color and sometimes in monochrome. History 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. Started at the age of 10 with oil painting and playing in darkroom (full equipment I discovered in my home basement), later taking pictures of what my eyes noticed. Took as much photography courses as I could. Still continue learning and testing/using new digital tools. The influence of Ansel Adams and Vincent Van Gogh work has forged my technique to pursue the chase of Water and capture its beauty, creating a large portfolio during my visits to more than 40 countries. Living in 10 of them and settled at the small town of Calera de Tango in Chile. My work was done using a medium format film camera, and currently with a digital camera. I try to capture 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, in Color as well as Black & White. The passion of portraying water was funded by me, as well as most of the exhibits I made, except for a few that Sony Chile provided equipment and funding for printing and framing. 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 in less than 20 years. Gonzalo

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