Quotes - Ansel Adams

"The so-called 'rules' of photographic composition are, in my opinion, invalid, irrelevant and immaterial."

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

"I am sure the next step will be the electronic image, and I hope I shall live to see it. I trust that the creative eye will continue to function, whatever technological innovations may develop."

"There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer."

"A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into."

"A good photograph is knowing where to stand."

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

"The negative is the equivalent of the composer's score, and the print the performance."

"It was one of those mornings when the sunlight is burnished with a keen wind and long feathers of cloud move in a lofty sky. The silver light turned every blade of grass and every particle of sand into a luminous metallic splendor: there was nothing, however small, that did not clash in the bright wind, that did not send arrows of light through the glassy air. I was suddenly arrested by an awareness of the light. The moment I paused, the full impact of the mood was upon me. I saw more clearly then I have ever seen before or since the minute detail of the grasses, the clusters of sand shifting in the wind, the motion of the high clouds streaming above the peaks. There are no words to convey the mood of these moments." 

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

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

"Notebook. No photographer should be without one!"

"There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs."

"Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop."

"In my mind's eye, I visualize how a particular . . . sight and feeling will appear on a print. If it excites me, there is a good chance it will make a good photograph. It is an intuitive sense, an ability that comes from a lot of practice."

"A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed."

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

"In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration."

"I can look at a fine art photograph and sometimes I can hear music."

"I tried to keep both arts alive, but the camera won. I found that while the camera does not express the soul, perhaps a photograph can!"

"I expect to retire to a fine-grained heaven where the temperatures are always consistent, where the images slide before ones eyes in a continual cascade of form and meaning."

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

"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."

"Dodging and burning (a procedure to lighten and darken specific areas) are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships."

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