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51 Best Ansel Adams Quotes About Nature And Photography

Ansel Adams quotes will inspire all nature and photography enthusiasts

Ansel Adams was a photographer and environmentalist, especially known for his black and white photography.

Adams was also deeply concerned about the environment throughout his life. He was later contracted by the United States Department of the Interior to take photographs of national parks.

In 1980, his long-term advocacy won him the Presidential Medal of Freedom and world-wide fame. He considers 'Monolith, the Face of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California (1927)' to be his most famous photo.

Our list of Ansel Adams quotes about nature and photography is sure to leave you feeling excited and motivated. For more inspiration, you can also check out these Andy Warhol quotes and Susan Sontag quotes.

Best Ansel Adams Quotes

Ansel Adams developed his love of photography and the environment in his early years through his landscape photography style. If you are looking for some quotes to inspire you to follow your passions, check out our collection of Ansel Adams photography quotes.

1. “Ask yourself: “Does this subject move me to feel, think and dream?”

-Ansel Adams.

2. “A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into.”

-Ansel Adams.

3. “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”

-Ansel Adams.

4. “Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.”

-Ansel Adams.

5. “When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”

-Ansel Adams.

6. “There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.”

-Ansel Adams.

7. “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.”

-Ansel Adams.

8. “It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.”

-Ansel Adams.

9. “Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.”

-Ansel Adams.

10. “The negative is the equivalent of the composer's score, and the print the performance.”

-Ansel Adams.

11. “You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”

-Ansel Adams.

12. “No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.”

-Ansel Adams.

13. “A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.”

-Ansel Adams.

Famous Ansel Adams Quotes

Ansel Adams quotes will inspire you to discover your passions.

As a photographer, Ansel Adams experimented with the in-vogue technique of pictorialism. This technique helped his photographs to look more like paintings and have a soft, glowing quality. Here we have some quotes about Ansel Adams that are some of the best photography quotes you will find. These quotes by Ansel Adams will help you get a clearer picture of the sensitive man behind the lens.

14. “Sometimes I arrive just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter.”

-Ansel Adams.

15. “Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer - and often the supreme disappointment.”

-Ansel Adams.

16. “In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.”

-Ansel Adams.

17. “Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.”

-Ansel Adams.

18. “It is my intention to present - through the medium of photography - intuitive observations of the natural world which may have meaning to the spectators.”

-Ansel Adams.

19. “Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships.”

-Ansel Adams.

20. “Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.”

-Ansel Adams.

21. “Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.”

-Ansel Adams.

22. “I have often had a retrospective vision where everything in my past life seems to fall with significance into logical sequence.”

-Ansel Adams.

23. “There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.”

-Ansel Adams.

24. “The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it!”

-Ansel Adams.

25. “Don't know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is.”

-Ansel Adams.

26. “A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”

-Ansel Adams.

27. “A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.”

-Ansel Adams.

Inspiring Ansel Adams Quotes

Ansel Adams preferred black and white photography despite extensively dabbling in color photography. He believed black and white photos adequately capture the essence of how one feels about life. Our quotes from Ansel Adams, which are quotes about photography, will give you more insight into his life and thought process. Enjoy!

28. “When I’m ready to make a photograph, I think I quite obviously see in my minds eye something that is not literally there in the true meaning of the word. I’m interested in something which is built up from within, rather than just extracted from without.”

-Ansel Adams.

29. “We must remember that a photograph can hold just as much as we put into it, and no one has ever approached the full possibilities of the medium.”

-Ansel Adams.

30. “In a strict sense photography can never be abstract, for the camera is incapable of synthetic integration.”

-Ansel Adams.

31. “I expect to retire to a fine-grained heaven where the temperatures are always consistent, where the images slide before one's eyes in a continual cascade of form and meaning.”

-Ansel Adams.

32. “Impression is not enough. Design, style, technique - these, too, are not enough. Art must reach further than impression or self-revelation.”

-Ansel Adams.

33. “Art is both the taking and giving of beauty; the turning out to the light the inner folds of the awareness of the spirit. It is the recreation on another plane of the realities of the world; the tragic and wonderful realities of earth and men, and of all the inter-relations of these.”

-Ansel Adams.

34. “How high your awareness level is determines how much meaning you get from your world. Photography can teach you to improve your awareness level.”

-Ansel Adams.

35. “I am sure the next step will be the electronic image, and I hope I shall live to see it. I trust that the creative eye will continue to function, whatever technological innovations may develop.”

-Ansel Adams.

36. “…one sees differently with color photography than black-and-white… in short, visualization must be modified by the specific nature of the equipment and materials being used.”

-Ansel Adams.

37. “Notebook. No photographer should be without one.”

-Ansel Adams.

38. “The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster.”

-Ansel Adams.

39. “To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces.”

-Ansel Adams.

40. “Let us leave a splendid legacy for our children...let us turn to them and say, this you inherit: guard it well, for it is far more precious than money...and once destroyed, nature's beauty cannot be repurchased at any price.”

-Ansel Adams.

41. “I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful - an endless prospect of magic and wonder.”

-Ansel Adams.

Motivating Ansel Adams Quotes

Ansel Adams quotes are for artists who care about environmental conservation.

Enjoy Ansel Adams’ philosophies with our list of Ansel Adams quotes about nature, photography and art.

42. “Bad weather makes for good photography.”

-Ansel Adams.

43. “I believe in beauty. I believe in stones and water, air and soil, people and their future and their fate.”

-Ansel Adams.

44. “We all move on the fringes of eternity and are sometimes granted vistas through fabric of illusion. Many refuse to admit it: I feel a mystery exists. There are certain times, when, as on the whisper of the wind, there comes a clear and quiet realization that there is indeed a presence in the world, a nonhuman entity that is not necessarily inhuman.”

-Ansel Adams.

45. “I never know in advance what I will photograph… I go out into the world and hope I will come across something that imperatively interests me. I am addicted to the found object. I have no doubt that I will continue to make photographs till my last breath.”

-Ansel Adams.

46. “Today, we must realize that nature is revealed in the simplest meadow, wood lot, marsh, stream, or tidepool, as well as in the remote grandeur of our parks and wilderness areas.”

-Ansel Adams.

47. “No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large granite mountain cannot be denied – it speaks in silence to the very core of your being.”

-Ansel Adams.

48. “Both the grand and the intimate aspects of nature can be revealed in the expressive photograph. Both can stir enduring affirmations and discoveries, and can surely help the spectator in his search for identification with the vast world of natural beauty and wonder surrounding him.”

-Ansel Adams.

49. “There are no forms in nature. Nature is a vast, chaotic collection of shapes. You as an artist create configurations out of chaos. You make a formal statement where there was none to begin with. All art is a combination of an external event and an internal event.”

-Ansel Adams.

50. “In my mind's eye, I visualize how a particular...Sight and feeling will appear on a print. If it excites me, there is a good chance it will make a good photograph. It is an intuitive sense, an ability that comes from a lot of practice.”

-Ansel Adams.

51. “I tried to keep both arts alive, but the camera won. I found that while the camera does not express the soul, perhaps a photograph can!”

-Ansel Adams.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for the best Ansel Adams quotes about nature and photography, then why not take a look at Picasso quotes or Henri Matisse quotes.

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