Ansel Adams had to make one of these. He is probably one of the most influential photographers ever. I don’t think you could find any photographer that isn’t influenced by what he took, and the way he worked.
The views he found were astounding, and of course, all in black and white. Black and white, I am sure because that was all that was really available when he started. The way he made the monotones work for him is what made him a master.
I think for me, one of the things that I find inspiring is that he took photos mostly of what he knew. I often wonder if I need to travel around the world to be a great photographer, or can I do it in my neck of the woods. I want to be able to do it here and for me Ansel makes that possible. Photograph what is around me, but do it well.
The other thing that made Adams very influential is that he manipulated his images a lot. There are so many stories of how he worked magic on his images in the darkroom. It gives someone like me so much confidence, that I know when I manipulate my photos I am doing what others have done before me. I know he worked in the darkroom, and I have come from that as well. What he did in the darkroom was truly astounding and I was never able to do the same. For me Photoshop has been my way of doing what he did.
Another of my black and white images. This was an image from an old gold mining town here in Victoria, Walhalla. I took this image with black and white film, as with the previous one and then I developed the film and then printed the images myself. These images were taken from the negatives.
As I stated before, we have all heard of Ansel Adams and he has been influencing photographers for generations and I am sure he will continue to do so for many more to come. Even my husband knows who he is.
I have to show more of his images, so please enjoy the following gallery.
Most of the images in this post have been sourced from three websites