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Ansel Adams

I love Ansel Adams!
When I was a photography student I was only interested in pictures with people in them. From reportage to fashion I was a happy boy but still-life’s and landscapes left me cold. Dull, dull, dull. Then I discovered Ansel.
An American photographer who was at the forefront of taking photography from an art that tried to copy painting styles (known loosely as Pictorialism) to Photographic Modernism. He embraced the medium of photography and spent every day working from 1915 until his death in 1984, apart from when he had a hangover…ahem!
He made landscapes exciting to me because of the drama and contrast he created by experimenting with printing techniques in the darkroom. A keen pianist he famously likened negative and print to the score and performance in music. The negative, like the score, contains all the information necessary to make a picture while printing was considered to be the performance or interpretation. According to this idea Adams would print the same negative in different ways over time.
He inspired me as a photographer and designer by declaring that ‘interpretation’ was two fold; what you see and what you feel.
I could go on…but I won’t. Get yourself down to the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich until the 28th April to get a taste for yourself. And while you’re there don’t leave without a visit to The Painted Hall. My favourite place in Greenwich…might even see you there 🙂 x

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