Photographer – Ansel Adams.

Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams, Born February 20, 1902 and died April 22, 1984. Adams was an environmentalist and landscape photographer.

He and Fred Archer developed an exacting system of image-making called the Zone System, This allowed them to achieve a desired final print through a deeper understanding of tonal range being recorded and developed in exposure, negative development, and printing.

Here are some examples of his work:

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs.

When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.

– Ansel Adams

When Adams was younger he got removed from school by his father and started being home-schooled due to lack of attentiveness. At 12 he had heard his neighbour, Henry Cowell, playing the piano and began pursuing his dream of being a classical pianist.

Henry Cowell

Adams visited the Yosemite National Park in 1916 with his family and a “new era began” for him. This is where he was given his very first camera by his father, then returning the next year on his own with a better camera and tripod. In the winters of 1917 and 1918, he learned basic darkroom technique.

Yosemite National Park, Ansel Adams.

During the 1918 Flu pandemic Adams had contracted the Spanish flu, Adams then read a book about lepers and became obsessed with cleanliness leading to him being afraid of touching anything without immediately washing his hands. Revisiting Yosemite had cured him of this.

While in Yosemite Adams met a landscape painter named Harry Best who owned a studio home there and spent summers living in Yosemite. Adams then went there to play their piano and later got married to Harry Best’s daughter, Virginia. When Harry Best died in 1936 Virginia ha inherited the Studio and it is now known as the Ansel Adams gallery.

Ansel Adams Gallery – Yosemite.

I believe in beauty. I believe in stones and water, air and soil, people and their future and their fate

– Ansel Adams.

Personally, I really enjoy natural photography and my favourite part of Ansel Adams’ photos is that, despite being black and white, they still look alive. It doesn’t take away from the movement of the water, clouds or leaves blowing in the wind. It is emotional, it is alive.

Something I notice a lot in his photos are the clouds. The way they seem to be layered over one another really grabs my attention. This might be due to the contrast between seemingly white clouds above darker ones and the captured movement.

//I hope you have enjoyed reading and have learnt something new about a brilliant photographer or have been inspired by his work. Thank you! //

-Georgia Jeffries.

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