Ansel Adams event on Saturday

In Events, Photography

Happy Birthday! I like this piece from yesterday’s Adams Gallery newsletter:

_______________________________________________________

Join us at the Yosemite Lodge this Saturday (February 23, 2008) at 7 PM for a slide show lecture on Ansel Adams’ life and artwork given by his Grandson (and our President) Matthew Adams.

Today Ansel Adams would be turning 106 years old. It’s been 24 years since he passed away, but he still looms large in our collective memories. He was an influential person in the arts and in the environment, and as we are part of his family, it’s always fun to think about what he would be doing, and what he would be thinking. If he were with us today and in good health, how would he spend his birthday?

More likely than anything, he would start it like any other day. Fire up the typewriter (I guess that would be a computer now), and bang out a letter to the editor, and probably have some choice words for one of the many misguided policies of the current Bush Administration. He would probably even have his own blog.

On around 10 he would probably switch from writing to “work”. Ansel retired from printing original photographs in 1979, but continued working in the darkroom until he died. Chances are he would still work in the darkroom, as in the paraphrased words of another great photographer, Jerry Uelsmann, “there is something about the smell of acetic acid and working in the darkroom that digital photography can never replace”. Whether he would work in the darkroom this day, or choose to work with images in Photoshop, or spend time testing printers, inks, or papers. It is certain that he would be experimenting with or using digital media for his photography.

His family would probably start arriving around noon, and now that the family is numbering nearly 20, a raucous lunch would necessitate an afternoon nap. An excellent interlude before the main event started, a piano concert in his home for friends, followed by cocktails (Jack Daniels) and dinner, which, on this special day, would be small for Ansel in order to save room for the chocolate dessert. After all, when you’ve lived to 106, you can’t be too concerned about a balanced diet.

It is fun to imagine…

_________________________________________________________

Link to Ansel Adams Gallery


You may also read!

half dome and yosemite chapel loyd schutte

Yosemite Closed

Due to health and safety concerns presented by the Coronavirus Pandemic, Yosemite is closed to all non-residents and non-staff

Read More...

Glacier Point and Tioga Roads Close for Season

It's that time of year again when snow closes the Tioga Pass and Glacier Point roads. With the heavy

Read More...

FREE Entry to Yosemite Returns Sunday, Aug. 25th

It's time again to celebrate the birthday of the National Park Service by giving everyone free entry to our

Read More...

One commentOn Ansel Adams event on Saturday

  • For as much as I like Ansel Adam’s work, the gallery could have passed on the unnecessary political statement. It’s that kind of rhetoric that causes potential members/donors to walk away. Mr. Adam’s may very well have complained, but it could have been worded much more civil.

Comments are closed.

Mobile Sliding Menu