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Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs. ...
by Ansel Adams

Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.
- Ansel Adams

Related topics: Art

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.
- Ansel Adams

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

You don't take a photograph, you make it.
- Ansel Adams

 

There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.
- Ansel Adams

Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes
God made in establishing tonal relationships.
- Ansel Adams

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

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Myths and creeds are heroic struggles to comprehend the truth in the world.
- Ansel Adams

To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see
beneath the surfaces and record the qualities of nature
and humanity which live or are latent in all things.
- Ansel Adams

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs.
When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
- Ansel Adams

Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer -
and often the supreme disappointment.
- Ansel Adams

Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications,
offers an infinite variety of perception,
interpretation and execution.
- Ansel Adams

There are always two people in every picture:
the photographer and the viewer.
- Ansel Adams

Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas.
It is a creative art.
- Ansel Adams

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

A good photograph is knowing where to stand.
- Ansel Adams

The negative is the equivalent of the composer's score,
and the print the performance.
- Ansel Adams

Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready
to have somebody click the shutter.
- Ansel Adams

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

Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.
- Ansel Adams

A true photograph need not be explained,
nor can it be contained in words.
- Ansel Adams

In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every
experience is a form of exploration.
- Ansel Adams

The negative is comparable to the composer's score
and the print to its performance.
Each performance differs in subtle ways.
- Ansel Adams

There are no rules for good photographs,
there are only good photographs.
- Ansel Adams

A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into.
- Ansel Adams

The only things in my life that compatibly exists with
this grand universe are the creative works of the human spirit.
- Ansel Adams

A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels,
in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.
- Ansel Adams

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

Millions of men have lived to fight,
build palaces and boundaries,
shape destinies and societies; but the compelling force
of all times has been the force of originality and
creation profoundly affecting the roots of human spirit.
- Ansel Adams

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

There are worlds of experience beyond the world of the aggressive man,
beyond history, and beyond science.
The moods and qualities of nature and the revelations
of great art are equally difficult to define;
we can grasp them only in the depths of our perceptive spirit.
- Ansel Adams

These people live again in print as intensely as when
their images were captured on old dry plates of sixty years ago...
I am walking in their alleys, standing in their rooms and sheds and workshops,
looking in and out of their windows.
Any they in turn seem to be aware of me.
- Ansel Adams

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

Some photographers take reality...
and impose the domination of their own thought and spirit.
Others come before reality more tenderly and a photograph
to them is an instrument of love and revelation.
- Ansel Adams

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A ship in harbor is safe -
but that is not what ships are for.
- John A. Shedd

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures
is not to hate them,
but to be indifferent to them:
that's the essence of inhumanity.
- George Bernard Shaw

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

Not everything that casts a long shadow is to be feared.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love means not ever having to say you're sorry.
- Erich Segal

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

You do not need anyone's permission to be your true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To the people who love you,
you are beautiful already.
This is not because they're
blind to your shortcomings
but because they so clearly see your soul.
- Victoria Moran

We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.
- Will Durant (commonly attributed to Aristotle)

Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers
but to be fearless when facing them.
- Rabindranath Tagore

It's not whether you get knocked down;
it's whether you get back up.
- Vince Lombardi

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau


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