Our planet has about 1.384 million
of cubic kilometers of water, but only 36 of them are potable water.
Water gives life and it is a vital element, and I have chased water
for more than three decades using my faithful Rollei 6006, traveling with
me to more than 30 countries, in three continents, having all the hustles
of passing a lot of gear through customs, and avoiding the x-rays that
damage the film.
On an early age I started painting, influenced by Vincent Van Gogh.
I’m an admirer of Ansel Adams work, and have followed his technique,
but I have developed my own color version, specially related to water.
And during a period of time, using technology, I entered the grounds of the Sabattier
Effect, photographs that can be seen under the tab
“Solarized”, which are made by digital Solarization.
My favorite places are National Parks, where I capture the images on
6x6 film (slides/B&W). After processing, all my work is digitalized
at a very high resolution for cleaning, conservation and processing
purposes, I do not change or correct the contents of an image.
In order to enjoy and obtain the feeling of these photographs, you
should view them listening rock music, maybe: ELP, Yes, Pink Floyd or
Spock’s Beard and a glass of wine.
Gonzalo Contreras del Solar
*The author at Grey Glacier - Chile. By
Rebecca Armstrong, a friend.