Ansel Adams is our first featured artist for a reason…
“A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.”
Ansel Adams was truly one of a kind. He not only had an obsession with taking timeless photographs of the American landscape, he also has been a visionary in his efforts to preserve the planets wildlife. Ansel was drawn to the beauty of his surroundings, blessed to see nature in ways a simple mind could not. Because of that he is now a renowned artist who many other photographers look up to for inspiration, and he is also hugely respected by environmentalists.
Ansel Adams was born in San Fransisco, Feb. 20 1902. He spent his childhood days playing in the sand dunes beyond the Golden Gate where he gained an appreciation for nature, which would become his primary source of photographic inspiration. Nearly every day found him hiking the dunes or meandering along Lobos Creek, or out to the very edge of the American continent. For Ansel there was no real separation between the experience of nature and the experience of art. The way I believe, every artist should think.
Although Ansel intended to be a concert Pianist, his love for nature and capturing it through photography conquered his passion for music. Musical training also provided Adams with serious self-discipline, which allowed him to carry the art of photography to new heights of scientific precision.
As he learned the craft necessary to accomplish creative photography, his hobby turned into a passion and a career and his photographs turned into fine art. Since then, many of his images, are among the best known in the photographic world. More than 1,000,000 copies of his books, including a personal favorite “Ansel Adams, An Autobiography”, have been sold, and more than 5000 students have attended his workshops.
Over the years, Ansel saw his muse, the wilderness threatened. Slowly but surely the natural resources depleted, so he became increasingly supportive of , and eventually extremely active in the movement to protect the earth’s land, air and water. This is the reason I personally, am so fond of this man. He was able to see nature as it truly was, our beautiful lifeline. Sadly despite all of his efforts there are still a lot of people on this planet who choose to ignore what is going on in our society. Ansel once said…”It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.” He did his very best, tell his very last breath to make a difference. To open peoples eyes.