The October issue of National Geographic magazine will feature a captivating article on world-renowned photographer Ansel Adams.
This story describes how the Sierra Nevada transformed an unconfident photographer into a lens master and a powerful voice for wilderness.
The piece features stunning photographs by well-known nature photographer Peter Essick, who notes Adams as an inspiration.
So it is with great pleasure that I want to share with you some excerpts from the article that can be found here and those beautiful 5 images
“On his first trip to the Sierra Nevada, in June of 1916, Ansel Adams went armed with a cameraâ€”a Kodak No. 1 Brownieâ€”and started shooting. “I expect to be broke if I keep up the rate I am taking pictures,” the budding 14-year-old photographer wrote to his Aunt Mary in San Francisco that summer. “I have taken 30 already.”
He kept shooting for almost seven decades, until his death at age 82 in 1984, by which time he had become a world-famous photographer and a powerful voice for wilderness.
Although he traveled far and wide, he returned again and again to the Sierraâ€””a noble gesture of the earth,” in his phraseâ€”for the adventure, artistic inspiration, friendship, and solace he found among its jagged granite peaks, snow-swept passes, and brooding skies.
His uncompromising portrayal of these subjects still draws pilgrims to the wilderness that bears his name, deep in the heart of the High Sierra, in hopes of seeing what Ansel Adams saw there.”