Inspired by a Person
Something I have become interested in learning more about is meteorology/weather. I started to become interested in Ansel Adams because he can perfectly demonstrate the beauty of nature in his photos. So far I have learned that Ansel visited the Japanese relocation camps in WWII, and that he took his most famous pictures in Yosemite National Park.
This information is from www.anseladams.com. The source of this information is devoted to exhibiting Ansel Adams' work and preserving his legend. The information that I've been reading is from 2008 Museum Graphics.
This topic observing nature, relates to me and my interests because many of my pictures depict the outdoors and patterns found in nature. One thing that surprised me was how Ansel is involved in human rights and politics (how the Japanese relocation is unfair). One thing that I wonder about this person's work and life is if he lived in the west most of his life. Ansel Adams was taking pictures in the 1940's
Being that I didn't have a lot of background information on Ansel Adams, I chose to do some more research. As I searched for another source of information about this person, I came across this additional website: anseladams.org. This website provided a lot of information and opinions on nature.
"At one with the power of the American landscape, and renowned for the patient skill and timeless beauty of his work, photographer Ansel Adams has been a visionary in his efforts to preserve this country's wild and scenic areas, both on film and on Earth. Drawn to the beauty of nature's monuments, he is regarded by environmentalists as a monument himself, and by photographers as a national institution. It is through his foresight and fortitude that so much of America has been saved for future Americans." JAMES CARTER
This statement didn't really surprise me all that much, but it did make me feel intrigued. I realized from this quote, that environmentalism was important during this time period. Especially after the 1800's when industrialism took its toll on America's beauty. Ansel played a major role in the preservation of National Parks.
In the article, http://www.anseladams.com/content/ansel_info/anseladams_biography2.html, there was a statement that made me nod my head in agreement with the writer. It was: Adams grew up in a house set amid the sand dunes of the Golden Gate.> I asked previously in this discussion, if Ansel grew up in the west?. It is important to understand Adams' background because most of his work is inspired by western culture;YOSEMITE, ARIZONA.
Now that I have done this research, it makes me think more about my own work, Scud Clouds. This photo can be compared to Adams' photos because they both show a relation between nature and man. CLOUD-HIGHWAY.
Next, with my own work, I hope to take B&W photos like Ansel. I'd also like to learn about the advantages of using different lenses. I hope to accomplish greater detail and emotion in my pictures.