And a talented pianist. Where are all the polymaths and Renaissance persons these days? In fact, a talented pianist first; his autobiography describes how that's what he was first trained for and got to near-professional proficiency. Being selfish for a moment on behalf of photographers, we are lucky he ended up changing careers and that we have his lifetime of pictures and writings left to posterity. Of course since Adams lived in the 20th Century, not the 17th, we would have a lifetime full of his performances preserved on tape for posterity to hear if he had gone on to be a musician of similar prominence to what he was as a photographer.
He played accompaniment mostly though and didn't feel he had what it took to be a concert player. The average person doesn't understand what it means to be a great pianist, they are easily pleased - likewise with photography for most too - "that sunset picture is a MASTERPIECE! You're a GENIUS!" I very much doubt he would have got to the same level with music as he did photography. But I do wonder if we would have ended up with a 'tone system'? Please don't mention Twelve tone...
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