Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Ansel Adams - my favorite photographer

I do do do love black and white photography - good black and white photographs that is.

What is it that makes black and white so appealing?
Is it the simplification of colour?
The contrast of light and dark?
The shades of grey in between?

I'm sure there are art students out there who could answer these questions, but I'll just show you a few of Ansel Adams' photos so that you can see for yourself.

moonrise, hernandez, new mexico

The Maritime Museum in Sydney has an exhibition of Ansel Adams' photographs - "Photography from the Mountains to the Sea". A selection of his work featuring water.

the tetons and the snake river

He made a lot of his photographs in spectacular parts of the US and portrayed Yosemite National Park, Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons.
His images helped to argue a case for the preservation of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National parks.

[ A ] Ansel Adams - Winter Storm in Yosemite Valley (1938)
winter storm in yosemite valley

There at are also spectacular photos of places in the Southwest USA, in the pueblos of New Mexico and Arizona.

Ansel Adams - Church, Taos Pueblo
church, taos pueblo

Ansel Adams: The Mural Project 1941-1942
walpi, arizona

These are my favorite two photos from the exhibition today.
This one was spectacular in large format.

sun and fog, point arena, california

And this one is almost Japenesey - so beautiful.

submerged trees, slide lake, teton area
If you are in Sydney and you love photography I highly recommend that you pay a visit to the Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour.


Katie said...

He's my favourite too! His stuff is just breathtaking! Sadly I'm in the UK otherwise I'd be straight to that exhibition! :-)

planettreasures said...

That is sad as the photos are so much more when you see them in real life. I wonder if this is a travelling exhibition? If so it might come your way.
Or if you ever go to the US there is the Ansel Adams gallery at Yosemite.

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