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LrD112-0314 - Laguna Arcoíris - Conguillío - Chile - Limited Edition of 5 Photograph

Gonzalo Contreras del Solar


Photography, C-type on Paper

Size: 47.2 W x 31.5 H x 0.1 D in

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When I first came to the park, I was using a Nikon F3 with slide film. However, don’t recall photographing this small pond, which it would translate as Rainbow Lagoon, or possibly they weren’t good enough. It would be ten years later (1993) when I returned with my family and we stayed longer at the park. I took images of it, but none came out as expected, some out-focus. Don't know how but managed to climb a hill to take images. This is one of the few I took at that time, it shows water at full height, due to a rainy summer. The history of the lagoon is that it was formed 320 year ago, with the eruption of the Llaima volcano. The lava blocked the crystal clear streams that flowed nearby, forming this pond. The water covered the burned trees which you still can see them under water. The name is due to the multiple autumn leaves color, that reflect in the water like a Rainbow. Returning last week. I found the pond much smaller, possibly the 2 eruptions could have reduced its size. I photographed at different times of the day. During the last day, walking along the road that is adjacent and about 4 meters higher, I found a good spot. It was from a tree growing towards the water. Unfortunately or luckily, my spectacles fell to the edge of the water. The height difference of 13 feet, with a slop almost vertical was almost impossible to get down without a rope. Finally made it, collecting my spectacles I discovered a perfect composition, so went back to gather my camera. Having lot of trouble walking my way up, a park ranger appeared telling me that I could not be there. However he passed me the camera and patiently waited for me to take the images, that I am sharing. Plan to visit next May, when the fall color appears to take new images of Laguna Arcoíris better enhanced. Also find the place where I climbed to take the arial view. Unframed, Chromogenic paper: C-flex-Poly-based paper high-gloss (Fujiflex Crystal Archive silver halide photographic paper using a Lambda machine). Signed certificate of authenticity.

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Photography:C-type on Paper

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:5

Size:47.2 W x 31.5 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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