“A true photograph need not be explained nor can it be contained in words.” Those are the words well known black & white nature photographer Ansel Adams once said. This emphasizes his career, because he had wanted people to see true photography. (True photography is a photograph you can’t really explain, it’s just unique and beautiful in it’s on way, only to Ansel Adams, anyway)
Have you ever heard of the name Ansel Adams? Before this, I didn’t know he exsisted.
Ansel Adams was born Feb. 20th 1902 in San Francisco, California. He had a very successful 60 year career, and a great life. He made a big impact in the photography world, showing people true beauty of nature. His main goal in his career was to show people true photography. True photography to Ansel is a photograph that “need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words”. If you look at his pictures, you can’t really explain it. If you’d like to read on, you’ll learn more about Ansel’s career and success also showing the details of his early and adult life.
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Ansel’s Early Life
Ansel’s mother, Olive Bray Adams, was 40 years old when he was born, so he had relatively old parents. He was enthusiastic, different, shy and hyperactive as a young child. Ansel went to many schools and many were private schools. Soon enough he got kicked out of many for his restlessness, and had to be homeschooled by his father and aunt. Ansel was also sick many times, and later learned he may have had suffered from dyslexia.
Before Ansel took interest in photography he had loved music, and wanted to be a professional musician. He practiced piano for 12 years, learning he had an eidetic memory. As well as music he shared an interest in nature. He loved looking at bugs, at a very early age. He started his love for photography at a park, when his father gave him his first camera, a Kodak Brownie Box. Later that year, with better cameras and tripods, he returned to the park. That year his love for photography sparked, and he started practicing that, taking a break from his interest for music. Did you know that in 1906 there was an earthquake where Ansel lived, causing him to have a broken nose? His nose then got crooked, and meaning to straighten it, remained crooked for the rest of his days.
Ansel’s Adult Life
In Ansel’s adult life much success came to him. His first art portfolio made $3,900. Even with his beloved career of photography, Ansel still loved nature. Maybe that’s why he took pictures of landscapes/nature, even so he was an environmentalist. With all of his succes he married Virginia Rose Best in 1928, following two kids Michael and Anne Adams. (1 girl, and 1 boy.) Even though Ansel was having much success in his career, he still wanted to improve his work. He wanted to give the best effect, meaning he always did his best. All the hard work paid off when he got his first solo exhibit in the Smithsonian Institute. He only had the goal of to make people see true photography and the amazing beauty of nature.
Ansel Adams sadly passed away on April 22nd 1984, at the age of 82 years old. All of his goals were reached. He showed people amazing photography, and true photography and his career was a HUGE success. He had only one goal, as I said before, to show people the meaning of photography — true photography. What he did not aim to do, but did, was to show people by doing your best… it leads to success. He especially showed me in photography to never give up, and even if you’ve done your best you can never go to high. He taught me the sky is not the limit, and I’m glad I got to learn about him, and learn about this lesson he taught me.
Here are some samples of Ansel’s photography :
Picture from site: Garden of Praise
Picture from site: Glogster