Ansel Adams and His Relationship With the Environment: How His Photos Came Alive Without Color
Ansel was born in 1902 in San Francisco. His parents were Charles Hitchcock and Olive Bray Adams. Interestingly, he only received an eighth grade education deciding to reach instead for those subjects that drove him to learn. Ansel's interest in music was accompanied with piano lessons. His interest in the artistic nature of the environment was increased with experiencing photography. Ansel took his first photographs at Yosemite National Park in 1916 (age 14) and leaning in the direction of this passion, he was employed at a firm as a photo technician where his knowledge was increased on photography. When he was 17, he joined the Sierra Club, an organization that is focused on preserving the Sierra, Nevada wilderness and he would join this organization working at its office in Yosemite Park. He was also the club's acting president from 1936 through 1970.
In his 20s, he spent a good deal of time exploring the area of the park on foot and taking photographs. It was here were he also met his wife, Virginia Best, whom he married in 1928. They had two children.
Ansel Adams is best known for his black and white photographs of landscapes. He had a gift for capturing the most beautiful images depicting nature's incredible beauty. This gift could take your mind to a place of serenity and the very heart of nature. There is simplicity lifted in his black and white images that offers no obstruction across the details shown in his photographs and so much so that the audience, too, embraces the statement his eye for beauty gives us. With Ansel's due diligence throughout the 1930s, he lifted his craft inside publications wherein he would describe the value of his carefulness with his presentations of capturing the environment of film.
When Ansel was 17, he worked as a custodian for the Sierra Club. This was his window of opportunity to be swallowed by what would become his lifelong passion of preserving untouched beauty in the environment and to appreciate its value. Ten years later, Ansel would become one of the club's official photographers.
Ansel moved to Yosemite Valley in 1937 to be in the soul of nature to not only enhance his craft, but to also work on publications. One of his mentors was photographer, Paul Strand, where they collaborated in New Mexico.
Throughout the 1930s, Ansel was instrumental in lobbying Congress to create Kings Canyon National Park which the Sierra Club held a strong interest. President Franklin Roosevelt was one who was persuaded on the idea and eventually the park was named in 1940.
Ansel received the Interior Department's most prestigious civilian recognition when he was awarded with the Conservation Service Award in 1968. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1980. Due to Ansel's passions and efforts, a lot of wilderness areas have been preserved. His fan base also value his artistic representation of nature reminding us the significance of uplifting the beauty that rests in an environment that has been untouched.
Ansel Adams Slide Show
Ansel Adam's Obituary in the New York Times (1984)
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