The site gcs Photo is about Gonzalo Contreras del Solar work who is devoted to portraying Water photography since 1977.

About the Element

Water has always captured my attention since I can recall; it is a vital element for excellence, which gives life. Our planet has about 1.384 million of cubic kilometers of water, but only 36 of these are potable.


I have chased water for more than four decades using my faithful Rollei camera. Traveled to more than 40 countries in three different continents. Having all the hustles to pass a lot of gear through customs and avoiding the x-rays that damage the film. These issues I encountered are history, today images are instant with no need to wait sometimes weeks to see results.

On an early age I started painting, influenced by Vincent Van Gogh. Later I discovered in our basement a full photographic lab, that changed my world. All this equipment and chemicals belonged to my father. The impression I had when you see an image forming on a white paper during development, cannot be understood nowadays.

I was entertained printing photographs from negatives my family had, but it would take some time before started taking pictures. Later bought a Yashica camera, but the turning point is when National Geographic published a book of their best photographs. Along with the book came a guide to take photographs, giving me the basics, followed by photography lessons. On my learning path, I discovered Ansel Adams and other masters.

The admiration towards water comes also from my early age. While traveling to a summer house the road passed through many waterfalls, including one that fell over the road.

Technique of Water Photography

The combination of Vincent, Ansel and water, forged my vision and technique towards water photography. I started applying his technique mainly in color photographs and from time to time without black and white. At one point, I entered the grounds of the Sabattier Effect with digital solarization.

My favorite places are National Parks, glaciers and highlands. I still capture images on 6×6 film, as well as digital, both that allow me to print in large sizes.

To perceive the feeling I had photographing, suggest viewing my photographs listening to Rock music with a glass of wine. 

By the way, each image has a story which can be read in my Blog or the book Water” or just see images on the folio “Favola”.