Though he is perhaps best known for his photographs of grand vistas, Ansel Adams also created a body of work focused on the intimate details of nature. In this image of maple leaves and evergreen branches in Glacier National Park, Adams elevates ordinary natural objects to extraordinary art forms. Adams means for us to study the subjects in this composition, to contemplate them as their own works of art.
A tireless photographer, environmental activist, and writer, Ansel Adams captured the wild of America as no artist before or since. Considered one of the last defining figures of nineteenth-century American landscape imagery, Adams dedicated himself to both his art and his subjects. The sweeping landscapes established him as an expert in photography at the time, consulting for multiple camera manufacturers and developing the zone systemó?, a technique enabling photographers to visualize an image and produce a matching photograph by controlling exposure and the developing process. His expertise was not just in his art, but also in his knowledge of the canyons, cliffs, forests, and plains that were his subjects. A vocal environmental and wilderness activist, Adams advocated for the conservation of state parks. His work is a continuing testament to his passion for the wilderness of America.
In 1941 the National Park Service commissioned Adams to create a photo mural for the Department of the Interior Building in Washington, DC. The theme was to be nature as exemplified and protected in the U.S. National Parks. The project was halted because of World War II and never resumed. Much of the project is now kept in the National Archives. This photograph is from the initial National Park Service project.
Most of us think of Ansel Adams as the iconic American landscape photographer. With In Glacier National Park, Montana, we get to see another side of his work: the intimate side. Though he’s best known for his sweeping, grand vistas, Adams also created a complementary body of work capturing nature’s details, showing a lot of visual experimentation with texture, contrast, and hue. What a photographer actively chooses to capture says a lot about who they are. Adams’ passion for the grand miracle of nature is clear in all of his chosen subjects, whether he’s marveling at a mighty river or closely observing the wonder of maple leaves. His artistic eye and technical prowess combine to create a powerful photographic force: when Adams wants us to look at something, we do ... Read more on the blog!
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