Our planet has about 1.384 million of cubic kilometers of water, but only 36 of these 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 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, specially when I have many flight stops.

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. For a while, using technology, I entered the grounds of the Sabattier Effect, with digital solarization.

My favorite places are National Parks, where I capture the images on 6×6 film (slides/B&W). After processing, all my work is digitalized at a very high resolution for cleaning, conservation and processing purposes, maintaining its original vision.

In order to have the feeling I had while taking them, you should view the images listening classic Rock music and a glass of wine. By the way, each  image has a story which I have written in my book  Water“.

Gonzalo Contreras del Solar

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