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Ansel Adams Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Art

Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.
- 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

 

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

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

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

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

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

A good photograph is knowing where to stand.
- 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 words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs.
When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
- Helen Keller

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

Choose Inner Peace.
Nothing is worth losing your inner peace.
Take action as circumstances require,
but never surrender your inner peace.
Stop. Breathe deeply.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply again.
Then, and only then, take action -
from a peaceful heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I say NO to the demands of the world.
I say YES to the longings of my own heart.
There is nothing I ever need to have.
There is nothing I ever need to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

Trust in the Light.
Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering,
the sadness disappears.
Open yourself to the Light!
Hold back nothing,
Trust in the Light.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nothing you do for a child is ever wasted.
- Garrison Keillor

Nothing in life is to be feared.
It is only to be understood.
- Marie Curie

Where There is Love,
Nothing is Missing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Fully experience THIS moment -
breathe in, breathe out - nothing more.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing,
of just going along,
listening to all the things you can't hear,
and not bothering.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Nothing is softer or more flexible than water,
yet nothing can resist it.
- Lao Tzu

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you
it's going to be a butterfly.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

There is nothing either good or bad,
but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

There is nothing I ever need to have.
There is nothing I ever need to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

There is nothing to do.
There is nothing to say.
There is nothing to think.
There is nothing to feel.
The River of Life just flows.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To manage your mind,
know that there is nothing,
and then relinquish all attachment to nothingness.
- Lao Tzu

Nothing big ever came from being small.
- William J. Clinton

You can choose to be peaceful right here and now ...
it has nothing to do with what other people do or think.
- Gerald Jampolsky

Nothing external to you has any power over you.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.
- Socrates

I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing,
and that is that I know nothing.
- Socrates

The future has nothing in common with the past -
except natural laws and human nature.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The Tao abides in non-action,
Yet nothing is left undone.
- Lao Tzu

As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.
- Socrates

Know nothing. For to know nothing is to know everything.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
- Socrates

You can easily judge the character of others
by how they treat those who can
do nothing for them or to them.
- Malcolm S. Forbes

I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
- Winston Churchill

Nothing is evil which is according to nature.
- Marcus Aurelius

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another
as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
- Thomas Jefferson

Money has never made man happy, nor will it,
there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness.
The more of it one has the more one wants.
- Benjamin Franklin

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.
- Socrates

The world you see has nothing to do with reality.
It is of your own making and does not exist.
- A Course In Miracles


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