Unit 57: Photography and P hotographic Practice Research of other photographers work Ansel Adams.
Ansel Adams.Ansel Adams was born February 20th 1902and died on the 22nd of April 1984. He wasborn in San Francisco, California, UnitedStates. He’s best known for his black andwhite photographs. Adams used large-format cameras despite their size , set uptime and film cost. He did this as he wantedthe sharpest possible images and the highresolution ensured this. He developed theimages himself. Adams photographs wenton to be reproduced on calendars, in booksand on posters which made his photographseven more known. He obviously took hispictures In black and white as there was nocolour photography invented then. In the1950’s he worked for a magazine andpublished what was thought to be seriousjournal photographs.
His work.• This image was made in 1962 and • This picture is called Golden Gate Before published in 1963. The Bridge.After having a look at his picture I can clearly see that he preferred to take pictures of placesrather than people. His pictures aren’t emotional and I don’t really think they have any kind ofemotional theme to them. They’re just urban landscapes.
Ansel Adams most famous pictures. Yosemite Valley, Thunderstorm. • This image was made in 1945 and is one ofThe Yosemite Valley, Ansel Adams most famous picture.Thunderstorm images
Influences. • Alfred StieglitzAnsel Adams was strongly influenced by Alfred Stieglitz who he met in 1933. As youcan see in the image above you can see where Adams has took his inspiration from.Both Ansel Adams and Alfred Stieglitz pictures are both quite gloomy looking. I likethe gloominess of the above picture as it adds a nice effect. As this picture wasobviously was captured while it was snowing it gives the picture a misty effect andlooks sketchy, almost like it could have been drawn.
Ro be rt Dawso n. Influences.• After to moving to Carmel, California in 1960, Ansel Adams helped to found the Friends of Photography. The third exhibition shown pictures by Robert Dawson. As you can see his picture above is quite similar to the type of pictures Ansel Adams took. After researching Robert Dawson I noticed that like Ansel Adams pictures, his picture also include misty backgrounds, both of their pictures go from sharp to soft and misty.
Composition• Ansel Adams himself didn’t believe there was a wrong or right composition. A direct quote he said "The so-called rules of photographic composition are, in my opinion, invalid, irrelevant and immaterial“, states this. He didn’t like to follow rules when it came to his photography.• I notice a pattern emerging on every one of his pictures I look at. He takes pictures of views, close to the camera is This picture uses the rule of thirds as the lake quite simple things such as a lake and and mountains aren’t in the centre of the then further away from the camera it image and come In at an angle. The light shows the sky and things like from the sky going onto the mountains look mountains mixed together. I like how really good as it adds different contrasts of he’s done this and stuck with it in other colour as the mountains a bit further along are shots too. darker so it goes from dark to light.
• I really like Ansel Adams work as he seems to be able to make them all extremely interesting as I found his Stre ng ths & We akne sse s photographs never really focus on just one object, there are always lots of little interesting things surrounding. You notice one thing and then soon notice another. For example in the picture to the side I don’t know whether he wanted the audience to focus on a certain thing like the leaf with the circle shadows around it or find everything a main part of the picture. This is my favourite image of his because of all the little details included in the photograph. I also really like the shadow on it. It actually looks quite abstract as you can’t make out where the pattern starts or finishes. I like all the different shapes used, it’s different.