Ansel Adams – The River and the Mountain

I recently was allowed to borrow a book by Ansel Adams called “The Negative” in which he discusses many processes that he’s used to develop film, and it made me think about the way that we today do the same thing digitally. There is a huge amount of convenience of today’s techniques, but the concept remains the same.

Photography, in the final analysis, can be reduced to a few simple principles.  But, unlike most arts, it seems complex at the initial approach.  The seeming complexity can never be resolved unless a fundamental understanding of both technique and application is sought and exercised from the start. Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas.  It is a creative art.  Therefore emphasis on technique is justified only so far as it will simplify and clarify the statement of the photographer’s concept. – Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams River Mountain Utah William Woodward