portrait of Ansel Adams
Photo by J. Malcolm Greany for the 1950 Yosemite Field School yearbook (ca. 1950)

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Quotes of the Day for 20 February 2012 – Ansel Adams

Ansel Easton Adams was born at San Francisco on this day in 1902. Restless and curious, he was expelled from several schools and largely taught by his father. He was given a season pass to the Panama-Pacific International Expo in 1915, he went every day and took in the exhibits and attended lectures. In 1916 the family went to Yosemite Valley for the summer and Ansel was given a Kodak box camera. About that time he took a great interest in music and it was expected that he would make his career as a pianist, but by the end of the 1920s, with his first prints of Yosemite selling well, he realized his future lay in his imagery. He gave up the piano, married, and moved to Yosemite permanently. I don't think any other photographer has brought us as many images in such incredible focus and marvelous perspective. It's not just pointing a camera and blasting away, although I've been known to get lucky that way.

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The quotes:

There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.

There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.

How high your awareness level is determines how much meaning you get from your world. Photography can teach you to improve your awareness level.

I expect to retire to a fine-grained heaven where the temperatures are always consistent, where the images slide before one's eyes in a continual cascade of form and meaning.

Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer — and often the supreme disappointment.

Life is your art. An open, aware heart is your camera. A oneness with your world is your film. Your bright eyes, your easy smile is your museum.

There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.
     All from Ansel Adams, 1902 - 1984

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