9 Ocak 2009 Cuma

Ansel Adams by Pelin Kansu


In his landscape photographs, Ansel Andams, didn’t seek to be realistic. His photographs are the visualisation of intense and pure emotional and psychological experiences of natural beauty. “He created a sense of the sublime magnificence of nature that infused the viewer with the emotional equivalent of wilderness, often more powerful than the actual thing.” (http://www.anseladams.com/content/ansel_info/anseladams_biography2.html)

“Mt. Ansel Adams, Lyell Fork”
Ansel Adam’s photographs are so technically mastered that they look like landscape paintings. This photo is one of those masterpieces. The vertical lines are emphasizeed through the trees, the mountain peaks and the river which also leads the eye into the photo. The extend of the technical excellence can be seen from the perfect manipulation of light, and the amount of detail. Ansel Adams wanted to achieve these qualities while showing every detail in the frame.

“Unicorn Peak, Thunderclouds”
Ansel Adams belongs to a group of artist who believe that the technical mastery in photography even in large depth of field, is very important. What Ansel Adams try to achieve is that, he wants to shoot photos that show every single detail in the frame. To reach perfection in this photo, Ansel Adams, actually waited for a very long time for the thunderclouds to accumulate in a very hot day. This shows that he doesn’t just shoots photos randomly. He actually waits to get the perfect shot in the perfect time.
“Bridalveil Fall”
Ansel Adams always tries to show how grandiose nature is. This photo shows his purpose clearly. The black and white contrast between the water and its surroundings create a mistic atmosphere. This can also be seen from the white cloud of water vapour. Adams tries to provoke an emotional response in the viewer.

“Cathedral Peak and Lake”
Ansel Adams belonged to a group of artists called “f/64”. “f/64” photographers’ main objective was to shoot photos as clear as possible. Unlike the sof-focused “pictorialist” photographers who valued the artistic quality more than the subject itself, “f/64” artists aimed only to show the subject as pure as possible with great resolution and depth of field. This aspect is pretty clear in this photo. Even though the subject matter covers a wide area, every single detail can be seen, and every single object is in focus. Ansel Adams try to show the land itself in a realistic way without any supplementary artistic techniques like blurring the image or modifying the negatives. This seperates Adams from the “pictorialist” photographers, and makes his photos realistic. However, the issue that with his photos he tries to provoke an emotional response can not be overlooked.

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