Ansel Adams Quotes & Wallpapers

Ansel Adams
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The disciples are drawn to the high altars with magnetic certainty, knowing that a great Presence hovers over the ranges ... You were within the portals of the temple ... to enter the wilderness and seek, in the primal patterns of nature, a magical union with beauty. Ansel Adams
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The best picture is around the corner. Like prosperity. Ansel Adams
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One of the most important pieces of equipment, for the photographer who really wants to improve, is a great big wastepaper basket. Ansel Adams
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The 'machine-gun' approach to photography - by which many negatives are made with the hope that one will be good - is fatal to serious results. Ansel Adams
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Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer - and often the supreme disappointment. Ansel Adams
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Millions of men have lived to fight, build palaces and boundaries, shape destinies and societies; but the compelling force of all times has been the force of originality and creation profoundly affecting the roots of human spirit. Ansel Adams
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A good photograph is knowing where to stand. Ansel Adams
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You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved. Ansel Adams
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Wilderness is rapidly becoming one of those aspects of the American dream which is more of the past than of the present. Wilderness is not only a condition of nature, but a state of mind and mood and heart. It cannot be confined to the museum-case status-seen only as a passing diorama from superlative throughways. Ansel Adams
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I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful - an endless prospect of magic and wonder. Ansel Adams
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...one sees differently with color photography than black-and-white... in short, visualization must be modified by the specific nature of the equipment and materials being used. Ansel Adams
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The skies and land are so enormous, and the detail so precise and exquisite that wherever you are you are isolated in a glowing world between the macro and the micro. Ansel Adams
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My wife - she could help me get the negs out! Ansel Adams
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You don't take a picture, you make a picture. Ansel Adams
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It is easy to take a photograph, but it is harder to make a masterpiece in photography than in any other art medium. Ansel Adams
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Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution. Ansel Adams
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Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs. Ansel Adams
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A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into. Ansel Adams
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I hope that my work will encourage self expression in others and stimulate the search for beauty and creative excitement in the great world around us. Ansel Adams
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The artist and the photographer seek the mysteries and the adventure of experience in nature. Ansel Adams
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The herculean task of a photographer is to capture a momentary frame as beautiful in reality, as it would be in a dream. Ansel Adams
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Wilderness is rapidly becoming one of those aspects of the American dream which is more of the past than of the present. Wilderness is not only a condition of nature, but a state of mind and mood and heart. It cannot be confined to the museum-case status-seen only as a passing diorama from superlative throughways. Ansel Adams
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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
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With all art expression, when something is seen, it is a vivid experience, sudden, compelling, and inevitable. Ansel Adams
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I am sure the next step will be the electronic image, and I hope I shall live to see it. I trust that the creative eye will continue to function, whatever technological innovations may develop. Ansel Adams
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Emphasis on technique is justified only so far as it will simplify and clarify the statement of the photographer's concept. Ansel Adams
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I can look at a fine art photograph and sometimes I can hear music. Ansel Adams
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I can't verbalize the internal meaning of pictures whatsoever. Some of my friends can at very mystical levels, but I prefer to say that, if I feel something strongly, I would make a photograph, that would be the equivalent of what I saw and felt. Ansel Adams
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If you have enough craft, you've done your homework and you're practiced. You can then make the photograph you desire. Ansel Adams
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It is all very beautiful and magical here - a quality which cannot be described. You have to live it and breathe it, let the sun bake into you. Ansel Adams
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I have often had a retrospective vision where everything in my past life seems to fall with significance into logical sequence. Ansel Adams
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Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art. Ansel Adams
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Myths and creeds are heroic struggles to comprehend the truth in the world. Ansel Adams
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Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop. Ansel Adams
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To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces and record the qualities of nature and humanity which live or are latent in all things. Ansel Adams
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A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed. Ansel Adams
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There are worlds of experience beyond the world of the aggressive man, beyond history, and beyond science. The moods and qualities of nature and the revelations of great art are equally difficult to define; we can grasp them only in the depths of our perceptive spirit. Ansel Adams
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The negative is the equivalent of the composer's score, and the print the performance. Ansel Adams
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In my mind's eye, I visualize how a particular... sight and feeling will appear on a print. If it excites me, there is a good chance it will make a good photograph. It is an intuitive sense, an ability that comes from a lot of practice. Ansel Adams
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The "machine-gun" approach to photography - by which many negatives are made with the hope that one will be good - is fatal to serious results. Ansel Adams
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The [35mm] camera is for life and for people, the swift and intense moments of life. Ansel Adams
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I have often thought that if photography were difficult in the true sense of the term-meaning that the creation of a simple photograph would entail as much time and effort as the production of a good watercolor or etching-there would be a vast improvement in total output. The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster. Ansel Adams
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Black and white photography is truly quite a 'departure from reality', and the transition from one aspect of visual magic to another was not as complete as many imagine. Ansel Adams
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How high your awareness level is determines how much meaning you get from your world. Photography can teach you to improve your awareness level. Ansel Adams
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Photography is an investigation of both the outer and the inner worlds. The first experiences with the camera involve looking at the world beyond the lens, trusting the instrument will 'capture' something 'seen.' The terms shoot and take are not accidental; they represent an attitude of conquest and appropriation. Only when the photographer grows into perception and creative impulse does the term make define a condition of empathy between the external and the internal events. Ansel Adams
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We all know the tragedy of the dustbowls, the cruel unforgivable erosions of the soil, the depletion of fish or game, and the shrinking of the noble forests. And we know that such catastrophes shrivel the spirit of the people... The wilderness is pushed back, man is everywhere. Solitude, so vital to the individual man, is almost nowhere. Ansel Adams
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We were in the shadow of the mountains, the light was cool and quiet and no wind was stirring. The aspen trunks were slightly greenish and the leaves were a vibrant yellow. Ansel Adams
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To the complaint, 'There are no people in these photographs,' I respond, 'There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer. Ansel Adams
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Today, we must realize that nature is revealed in the simplest meadow, wood lot, marsh, stream, or tidepool, as well as in the remote grandeur of our parks and wilderness areas. Ansel Adams
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In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration. Ansel Adams
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I tried to keep both arts alive, but the camera won. I found that while the camera does not express the soul, perhaps a photograph can! Ansel Adams
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Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships. Ansel Adams
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A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense, and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety. Ansel Adams
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I'm interested in something which is built up from within, rather than just extracted from without. Ansel Adams
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I knew my destiny when I first experienced Yosemite. Ansel Adams
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The negative is the score, and the print the performance. Ansel Adams
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I am probably afraid that some spectator will not understand my photography - therefore I proceed to make it really less understandable by writing defensibly about it. Ansel Adams
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I have often thought that if photography were difficult in the true sense of the term - meaning that the creation of a simple photograph would entail as much time and effort as the production of a good watercolor or etching - there would be a vast improvement in total output. The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster. Ansel Adams
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I know the importance of highly trained awareness of the "moment" and the immediate and intuitive response of the photographer. It should be obvious to all that photographers whose images possess character and quality have attained them only by continued practice and total dedication to the medium. Ansel Adams
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There is nothing worse than a brilliant image of a fuzzy concept. Ansel Adams
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If what I see in my mind excites me, there is a good chance it will make a good photograph. Ansel Adams
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While the photos at the D.M.V. (New York) will still be taken in color, the engraving is done in grayscale, hence the Ansel Adams feel. Ansel Adams
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We who are gathered here may represent a particular delete, not of money and power, but of concern for the earth for the earth's sake. Ansel Adams
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I believe in beauty. I believe in stones and water, air and soil, people and their future and their fate. Ansel Adams
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I believe photography is a tool to express our positive assessment of the world. A tool to acquire ultimate happiness and belief. Ansel Adams
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To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces. Ansel Adams
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For me the future of the image is going to be in electronic form ... You will see perfectly beautiful images on an electronic screen. And Id say that would be very handsome. They would be almost as close as the best reproductions. Ansel Adams
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This profession [photography] is deserving of attention and respect equal to that accorded painting, literature, music and architecture. Ansel Adams
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Let us leave a splendid legacy for our children...let us turn to them and say, this you inherit: guard it well, for it is far more precious than money...and once destroyed, nature's beauty cannot be repurchased at any price. Ansel Adams
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Some photographers take reality... and impose the domination of their own thought and spirit. Others come before reality more tenderly and a photograph to them is an instrument of love and revelation. Ansel Adams
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