This time of year, I look forward to firing up my darkroom for the winter season. I enjoy looking at the inspirational work of some of my favorite photographers; some virtually unknown, and some famous, before I delve into my pile of negatives. This year, I will be developing and printing images of years past as well as the trip my family and I took to Yellowstone National Park last summer. Our trip was an awe inspiring journey of wildlife and wilderness, and I look forward to the memories as I work on the images. As inspiration, I am especially drawn to the photography of Ansel Adams this year, as his environments are breathtaking, and remind me to explore, document and appreciate the simple, pure essence of place he captured so completely. There is a contemplative spirit in the detail and highlights. These images are a reminder that natural beauty must be cared for and preserved. Photography is a powerful medium, reflecting truth, and our undeniable reality.
Ansel Adams, Photographer, Conservationist
“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.”
President James E. Carter
Presenting Ansel Adams with the Presidential Medal of Freedom
Images and excerpts found at http://www.anseladams.com