I remember learning about Ansel Adams in Photography class quite a few years ago, the founder of the F/64 School and an influential artist during the transition from Pictorialism to Modernism. So visiting Adams vast collection of fine water-works at the National Maritime Museum today was a pleasure. Waterfalls, rivers, lakes, rapids and geysers all highlight the fragility of time and motion in a naturally beautiful way.
Adams explored his own environment religiously, never taking a holiday and developing negatives in the dark room for days, dodging and burning to perfection, achieving stunning, sharp monochrome landscapes which are always centered around water.
In the great depression where he could and some thought - should have been photographing editorial frames of societies’ collected anxieties of the time he chose instead art for arts sake and shunned using his chosen craft for the sake of any propaganda driven cause.
Not only was he a whimsical thinker and a gifted photographer but also a passionate environmentalist who became aware of the much bigger picture before many others did and what a legacy he left behind.