“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2
OK. Adams is a great landscape photographer but honestly I am not really impressed with the photos. From a historical point of view I would agree that its interested that he had a different body of work. Just my thoughts.
Having grown up in the Los Angeles area, as did my mother, I find these photos facinating. I especially enjoyed #10 - the railroad crossing. Burbank sure doesn't look like THAT anymore.
"When making a portrait, my approach is quite the same as when I am portraying a rock. I do not wish to impose my personality upon the sitter, but, keeping myself open to receive reactions from his own special ego, record this with nothing added: except of course when I am working professionally, when money enters in,—then for a price, I become a liar..."
— Edward Weston, Daybooks, Vol. II, February 2, 1932
Thanks for sharing the link. I believe it was early summer when I attended a show reflecting upon him and his work at the local art museum. I was pleasantly surprised to see a headshot of Ansel holding his new 35mm. It must be from a private collection as I can't seem to locate a copy on the internet to share. Anyway, thanks again Matt.
Kevin, it certainly does stand out, that power pole that is, however if the photographer had waited until the pedestrian walked another half step, then the people who commissioned the photographer would have had the image of their buildings, severely restricted.
This is pretty much the constraints one has when doing commercial work, the customer comes first.
But that pole out of the head, is certainly a clanger.
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