Saturday, January 21, 2012

Retro Saturday





I was in the 'Sally Ann' the other day actually looking for something else when I saw this print of a photograph.




It is by Ansel Adams




I have always admired this pioneer's work. I have a few other pieces of his work hanging in the house.




Photography back then was still 'young'. And I feel that this contributed to the excitement at the time for this new art form.




Imagine being there and discovering all that there was to learn about this new art medium!





25 comments:

  1. Siii, Jim.....what an Artist; what capacity to "see"; very very impressing!

    I ask myself often how Artists like him would photograph in these days; don't you too?

    Photography techniques did change so very much in a very short time; but the Artists soul of "seeing" will always be the very heart of this precious Art, the Photography!

    But be certain, Jim......Your capacity of "seeing" is very, very impressiv too.....!!!

    Have a wonderful sunny weekend, Jim!

    ciao ciao elvira

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    1. Elvira......thank you. Yes, things have changed so quickly. So far our weekend is sunny and bright....and COLD!
      ciao ciao

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    1. CC12.....yes it was. Don't 'find' those often.

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  3. I bet he used a Kodak camera and film . . . now Kodak's gone into bankruptcy. How the mighty have fallen.

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  4. Debra.....imagine, Kodak out of business. I heard they didn't 'jump on the digital bandwagon' when they had a chance to.

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  5. That is a beautiful Adams shot. Back then he was a real photograph pioneer!

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    1. Yes, he certainly was Fiona. Wouldn't it have been a blast to be around then?

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  6. Pretty amazing and such spellbinding beauty! A-A's work is pure bliss!
    Beautiful post!
    Victoria

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    1. It sure is Victoria! He was a master at it.

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  7. I'm a big Sally-Anner (Goodwiller, Value-Villager...you get the picture!) - for me it's the thrill of the chase, and the occasional great find just reinforces that obsession! I like Ansel Adam's work very much, it's true raw nature at her finest.

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  8. We are 'soul mates' then Jane! I know exactly what you are saying.

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  9. I still shoot negs and trannies on 5x4 cameras and use the same zone system to expose the frame Jim.

    Ansel Adams was the superb at getting the best from his negs and prints.

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    1. He sure was! Chris, what camera do you use? I figured you may be one of those 'purest' types! lol

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    2. Sinar F and P and a more basic Cambo. Its the lenses that cost (especially when you watch them smash as the wind takes the camera over :-0

      Last year I also bought a brick, I mean a Pentax 6x7 with a few lenses. Old news nowadays but absolutely superb quality negs and prints.

      I like the craft aspect of film and the darkroom.

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    3. Chris, these cameras were fascinating. A friend of mine had a Hasselblad back in the 70's. It's an entirely different 'kettle of fish' using these cameras. The resulting 'product' of these cameras can be outstanding, as you know.

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  10. Adams was not only a pioneer in photography, but his work inspired so many to travel and see areas that they never would have otherwise. He helped to get the American road trip to be what it is.

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    1. So he was a 'real' pioneer in the true sense of the word! Any relation?

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  11. Today I guess is a day for me to read blogs and be reminded of my past. And this reminds me of the winter I spent in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in 1969-70. Now, I'm thinking I do have some tales to tell. I also just left a comment on Sophie's blog, but I think the wind stole it. We are in the middle of a huge rain (yes! happy about that) and wind storm today. One of the worst storms and I'm surprised the electric is still on.

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    1. Well, let's hear a few Inger!
      Hope things go well during your storm. We are in the midst of a deep freeze.....they way it's supposed to be at this time of year. I LOVE the cold fresh air!

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  12. Thanks for the above. Yes, I will write something soon. I came back to thank you for your comment, Jim. When I was young I used to be very involved in the civil rights movement and I find it so sad that 50 years later, racism is still so much alive in this country. I'm glad I wrote about my feelings and that my friends supported me. I am so very happy that you, Ron, and Sophie are my friends.

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    1. Thanks Inger and we look forward to your posts from the past!

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  13. That print caused me to think how much we take for granted -- how easy photography is for just about anyone these days. I can't imagine the mental exercise it took to photograph this scene and not know if it was a success until the photo was developed. Great post, Jim.

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    1. That's so true Nancy. I remember back in the late 70's when I developed my own prints in a dark room.....it was exciting to find out that maybe one of the photos was OK. There is something to be said I feel having to wait to see what you got. as you said, we are taking so much for granted now....I like digital, don't take me wrong.

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