More thoughts on making images. From a master…


“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.”
― Ansel Adams

Adams had a lot to say about the process of making images.  In addition to the masterful doing of it, he obviously devoted a great deal of thought to what he was doing.  When asked why there were no people in his photographs, he replied there were always two, himself and whoever looked at it and took something from it.

Adams was also an activist well before the modern environmental movement took root, as evidenced in this quote; “It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.” .

But perhaps the one I treasure the most is this one.

“There are no forms in nature. Nature is a vast, chaotic collection of shapes. You as an artist create configurations out of chaos. You make a formal statement where there was none to begin with. All art is a combination of an external event and an internal event… I make a photograph to give you the equivalent of what I felt. Equivalent is still the best word.”
― Ansel Adams

Here’s to equivalences and the making of them.