Posts Tagged ‘Ansel Adams’

A photo a month

"Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop." - Ansel Adams

Do not expect every single picture you take to come out a masterpiece. There will always be, in one roll of film, some traces of raw material surrounding the true work of art. Allow yourself some beautiful errors here and there for they are what make up the path that leads you to your next […]

Centuries in the making

"You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved." - Ansel Adams

Photographs are not only portable sheets of colour but pieces of time stolen from the constantly running sands, snatched from a river that never stops flowing. Yet pictures are not random fossils of memory frozen by some cosmic accident; they are the silent musings of the artist’s mind, slowly waiting to find expression in the separate […]

Leaping in the dark

"The artist never entirely knows — We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark." - Ansel Adams

Ultimately, the sum of the photographer’s work is a collection of chances and mistakes, guesses and conjectures, theories and uncertainties that become, even to his own surprise, a most perfectly calculated record of the world he has witnessed. Sometimes the most beautiful things are not wrapped in the sunshine of precise answers but are found blossoming […]

Where to stand

"A good photograph is knowing where to stand." - Ansel Adams

It’s not about new places, new people, or new worlds. It’s not about the new camera or the new technology either. It’s about a new you, a different you, with eyes evolving and maturing with the passing of time, every day with a new perspective on life’s familiar graces – that marks the spot where you […]

Two people

"There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer." - Ansel Adams

A photograph is created in the eye of the photographer and completed in the imagination of the viewer. The same image is reflected differently in the heart of one, who can only perceive part of what is revealed in the other. And it is by this intimate understanding that both of them share an experience that, though personal in […]

Don’t start fuzzy

"There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept." - Ansel Adams

A picture is a picture, no matter how you take it. But what makes it worth that second glance is how it manages to reach through layers of pretense and stir the quiet depths of the soul. The beauty and magic in art lies in its ability to reflect reality back to itself in a […]

Look into the light

"A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into." - Ansel Adams

Every picture has meaning, hidden beneath layers of light and dark, which beckons the artist to click the shutter and preserve a message. And though this quiet encounter may escape the inattentive eye, it does manage to speak to those who are quiet enough to hear it..

Just in time

"Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter." - Ansel Adams

Split-second wonders await the artist in random corners, beckoning with the faint flutter of perfection to preserve such beauty outside and beyond the boundaries of time. The masterpiece languishes in its lonesome splendour, waiting for the worthy artist to create the frame of transcendence that shapes, translates, and conveys its message to those who are […]

Leave your fingerprints

"You dont take a photograph, you make it." - Ansel Adams

Do not wait for a trip around the world before you begin to show it things; what you seek to capture may be right in front of you. If the canvas already has your fingerprints, the painting will more likely be a near-perfect image of wonder, in the unique and unparallelled manner you wish to […]

Break free

"There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs." - Ansel Adams

Be open to all sorts of possibilities. You cannot see enough of anything if you put yourself in a box only to be walled in by rules. Great captures happen in that split-second when the artist’s emotion and imagination collide with light painted reality in a splash of colour that washes away all restrictions, save […]