Tuesday, May 12, 2009

about Ansel Adams photograph

1. Ansel Adams’ first experiences with photography were during a family trip to Yosemite in 1916, which his father gave him a Brownie Box Camera. He joined the Sierra Club in 1920, which was a basic introduction to the concepts of wilderness and conservation. While on Sierra Club outings, he took pictures of nature and realized on a deeper level the beauty of nature. He also developed an understanding of art on one of these outings: Art is both love and friendship and understanding: the desire to give. It is not charity, which is the giving of things. It is more than kindness, which is the giving of self. It is both the taking and giving of beauty, the turning out to the light the inner folds of the awareness of the spirit. It is the recreation on another plane of the realities of the world; the tragic and wonderful realities of earth and men, and of the interrelations of these. It was during these years and experiences with nature and photography that he decided he wanted to become a photographer.

2. For his images, he developed the zone system, a way to determine proper exposure and adjust the contrast of the final print. The resulting clarity and depth characterized his photographs. He is famous for his black and white photography of nature and landscapes, photo Autumn Moon, Cathedral Peak and Lake, Frozen Lake and Cliffs, and many more…


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