1043-15 - Grey Glacier - Torres del Paine - Chile - Limited Edition 1 of 5 Photograph by Gonzalo Contreras Del Solar

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Photography: C-type, Color on Paper.

I decided to travel back to Torres del Paine, especially to take pictures of the glacier, for which I had contracted a tour to walk over the glacier. I was going alone, but my sons suggested that I should go with someone, so my eldest daughter came along.

Two days before the trip during a funeral a hill, I went with a thin suit, I did not count it would be a cold day. When the cold wind appeared, I felt a pain on my back.

We took a red eye flight arriving Punta Arenas at 5AM, where a rented car was waiting; as we drove, my back pain started to increase. Closer to the park, the mobile phones stopped working and you have Internet on certain lodges.

We took the Grey II ship that crosses Grey Lake towards the lodge, close to the glacier. I was worried that with my back pain I would have trouble trekking in the glacier. It took 25 minutes to get to the lodge from where the Zodiac left us, carrying the backpacks and a large bag with equipment and others. The pain was increasing by the minute; I was embarrassed as my daughter had to help me carry the large bag. Finally, we arrived at the warm lodge in the middle of the forest.

The lodge had Internet, so after retrieving my mails I discovered that the glacier trek was cancelled.

As things did not go as expected, had to re-plan the different activities, and after four days of back pain that was disturbing my photography, we took the ship to where we had left the car. The ship passed on its return close to the glacier; all the tourists had large digital cameras with stabilizers and took all the best places. I was using my Rollei 6006 with slow film (50 ASA), situation in which I would use a tripod, but being on a ship the tripod was useless, I prayed that the ship would not rock and that the camera speed at 125 would be enough to compensate the movement.

Found an opening with no tourist and made many images, after the films was developed, the images came better than expected, never the less, I still have plans to go back to the glacier, I have purchased a lighter fiber base tripod and camera bag, plus I would take also my new digital camera.




1043-15 - Grey Glacier - Torres del Paine - Chile - Limited Edition 1 of 5

Gonzalo Contreras Del Solar



Size: 27.6 W x 27.6 H x 0 in

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