Ansel Adams Quotes & Wallpapers

Ansel Adams
Total Quotes: 160

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. The skies and the lands are so enormous, and the detail so precise and exquisite that wherever you are you are isolated into a glowing world between the macro and the micro, where everything is sidewise under you and over you, and the clocks stopped long ago. Ansel Adams

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

It is my intention to present - through the medium of photography - intuitive observations of the natural world which may have meaning to the spectators. Ansel Adams

I usually have an immediate recognition of the potential image, and I have found that too much concern about matters such as conventional composition may take the edge off the first inclusive reaction. Ansel Adams

Ask yourself, 'Why am I seeing and feeling this? How am I growing? What am I learning?' Remember: Every coincidence is potentially meaningful. Ansel Adams

If what I see in my mind excites me, there is a good chance it will make a good photograph. Ansel Adams

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

We all move on the fringes of eternity and are sometimes granted vistas through fabric of illusion. Ansel Adams

Knowing what I know now, any photographer worth his salt could make some beautiful things with pinhole cameras. Ansel Adams

The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster. Ansel Adams

I eagerly await new concepts and processes. I believe that the electronic image will be the next major advance. Such systems will have their own inherent and inescapable structural characteristics, and the artist and functional practitioner will again strive to comprehend and control them. Ansel Adams

To visualize an image (in whole or in part) is to see clearly in the mind prior to exposure, a continuous projection from composing the image through the final print. Ansel Adams

Notebook. No photographer should be without one! Ansel Adams

Image quality is not the product of a machine, but of the person who directs the machine, and there are no limits to imagination and expression. Ansel Adams

Bad weather makes for good photography. Ansel Adams

I know some photographs that are extraodrinary in their power and conviction, but it is difficult in photography to overcome the superficial power or subject; the concept and statement must be quite convincing in themselves to win over a dramatic and compelling subject situation. Ansel Adams

The term accessories has come to include a host of photographic gadgets of questionable value... Ansel Adams

A photograph is not an accident - is a concept. It exists at, or before, the moment of exposure of the negative. Ansel Adams

We make images to "honor what is greater and more interesting than we are." Ansel Adams

A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels. Ansel Adams

We either have wild places or we don't. We admit the spiritual-emotional validity of wild, beautiful places or we don't. We have a philosophy of simplicity of experience in these wild places or we don't. We admit an almost religious devotion to the clean exposition of the wild, natural earth or we don't. Ansel Adams

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

I am always surprised when I see several cameras, a gaggle on lenses, filters, meters, et cetera, rattling around in a soft bag with a complement of refuse and dust. Sometimes the professional is the worst offender! Ansel Adams

The only things in my life that compatibly exist with this grand universe are the creative works of the human spirit. Ansel Adams

A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words. Ansel Adams

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

Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter. Ansel Adams

We must remember that a photograph can hold just as much as we put into it, and no one has ever approached the full possibilities of the medium. Ansel Adams

Both the grand and the intimate aspects of nature can be revealed in the expressive photograph. Both can stir enduring affirmations and discoveries, and can surely help the spectator in his search for identification with the vast world of natural beauty and wonder surrounding him. Ansel Adams

Art is both the taking and giving of beauty, the turning out to the light of the inner folds of the awareness of the spirit. Ansel Adams

As the fisherman depends upon the rivers, lakes and seas and the farmer upon the land for his existence, so does mankind in general depend upon the beauty of the world about him for his spiritual and emotional existence. Ansel Adams

My last word s that it all depends on what you visualize. Ansel Adams

It is just as important to bring people the evidence of the beauty of the world of nature and of man as it is to give them a document of ugliness, squalor, and despair. Ansel Adams

The technique of 35mm photography appears simple. One is beguiled by the quick viewing and operation, and by the very questionable inclination to make many pictures with the hope that some will be good. Ansel Adams

To the vast majority of people a photograph is an image of something within their direct experience: a more-or-less factual reality. It is difficult for them to realize that the photograph can be the source of experience, as well as the reflection of spiritual awareness of the world and of self. Ansel Adams

When I'm ready to make a photograph, I think I quite obviously see in my minds eye something that is not literally there in the true meaning of the word. I'm interested in something which is built up from within, rather than just extracted from without. Ansel Adams

Impression is not enough. Design, style, technique - these, too, are not enough. Art must reach further than impression or self-revelation . Ansel Adams

Once destroyed, nature's beauty cannot be repurchased at any price Ansel Adams

Photography is an austere and blazing poetry of the real. Ansel Adams

A photograph is not an accident - it is a concept. Ansel Adams

All art is the expression of one and the same thing- the relation of the spirit of man to the spirit of other men and to the world. Ansel Adams

I'm interested in something which is built up from within, rather than just extracted from without. Ansel Adams

I respect everything in change and the solemn beauty of life and death... and therefore, while man is amidst the immense beauty of objective bodies, he must possess the capacity of self-perfection and must observe and represent his world with full confidence. Ansel Adams

You don't take a photograph, you make it. Ansel Adams

There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs. Ansel Adams

Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space. I know of no sculpture, painting or music that exceeds the compelling spiritual command of the soaring shape of granite cliff and dome, of patina of light on rock and forest, and of the thunder and whispering of the falling, flowing waters. At first the colossal aspect may dominate; then we perceive and respond to the delicate and persuasive complex of nature. Ansel Adams

At one with the power of the American landscape, and renowned for the patient skill and timeless beauty of his work, photographer Ansel Adams has been visionary in his efforts to preserve this country's wild and scenic areas, both in film and on Earth. Drawn to the beauty of nature's monuments, he is regarded by environmentalists as a monument himself, and by photographers as a national institution. It is through his foresight and fortitude that so much of America has been saved for future Americans. Ansel Adams

I never know in advance what I will photograph,...I Go Out into the World and Hope I Will come across something that Imperatively interests me. I Am Addicted to the Found object. I have No doubt that I Will Continue to make Photographs till my last Breath. Ansel Adams

The quality of place, the reaction to immediate contact with earth and growing things that have a fugal relationship with mountains and sky, is essential to the integrity of our existence on this planet. Ansel Adams

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. Ansel Adams

The camera cannot, but the photographer can. Ansel Adams

It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument. Ansel Adams

The great rocks of Yosemite, expressing qualities of timeless yet intimate grandeur, are the most compelling formations of their kind. We should not casually pass them by, for they are the very heart of the earth speaking to us. Ansel Adams

The piano has eighty-eight keys, and you have to be able to play all of them. And the range of white to black is analogous to the eighty-eight keys and you have to be able to play all eighty-eight keys in that palette from white to black. Ansel Adams

All I can do in my writing is to stimulate a certain amount of thought, clarify some technical facts and date my work. But when I preach sharpness, brilliancy, scale, etc., I am just mouthing words, because no words can really describe those terms and qualities it takes the actual print to say, "here it is. Ansel Adams

The (photographic) negative is the equivalent of the composers score and the print is the equivalent of the conductors performance. Ansel Adams

"Simply look with perceptive eyes at the world about you, and trust to your own reactions and convictions. Ask yourself: "Does this subject move me to feel, think and dream? Can I visualize a print - my own personal statement of what I feel and want to convey - from the subject before me?"" Ansel Adams

No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large granite mountain cannot be denied - it speaks in silence to the very core of your being. Ansel Adams

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. Ansel Adams

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. Ansel Adams

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

Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space. Ansel Adams

These people live again in print as intensely as when their images were captured on old dry plates of sixty years ago... I am walking in their alleys, standing in their rooms and sheds and workshops, looking in and out of their windows. Any they in turn seem to be aware of me. Ansel Adams

In a strict sense photography can never be abstract, for the camera is incapable of synthetic integration. Ansel Adams

We all move on the fringes of eternity and are sometimes granted vistas through fabric of illusion. Many refuse to admit it: I feel a mystery exists. There are certain times, when, as on the whisper of the wind, there comes a clear and quiet realization that there is indeed a presence in the world, a nonhuman entity that is not necessarily inhuman. Ansel Adams

You don't make a photograph just with a camera Ansel Adams

I don't know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is. Ansel Adams

Art is both the taking and giving of beauty; the turning out to the light the inner folds of the awareness of the spirit. It is the recreation on another plane of the realities of the world; the tragic and wonderful realities of earth and men, and of all the inter-relations of these. Ansel Adams

Photograph not only what you see but also what you feel. Ansel Adams

The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it! Ansel Adams

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