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.
|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.
|church, taos pueblo|
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|