Living outside of the United States in this wired age no longer means that you have to leave your favorite radio stations or news sources behind. Sitting in our living room here in Comitan, sipping our rich locally produced coffee and listening to our favorite radio station KRSH (Wine Country Radio from Sonoma county) , I came across a nice article on NPR’s website. It seems some previously “lost” Ansel Adams photographs have been found again. As a lover of photography and landscapes growing up in the U.S. it is virtually impossible not to study his work at some point. His photography is so iconic and widely distributed that appreciation for the man gets lost in the mountains of cheap posters and office wall hangings.
I currently have two cameras for shooting the photographs you will be seeing on this blog. One is a Panasonic that fits in my pocket and the other is a big Nikon with several lenses. The Nikon and lenses all fit nicely in a backpack but are heavy and draw a lot of attention. I get tired of carrying the weight and I am sorry to say it is starting to collect dust. When Ansel Adams started out to take his photos he had to carry a large wooden box camera that sat on a tripod, also made from wood, that weighed as much or more than the camera and a box of glass negatives. In his own words, “In the 20s and into the 30s, I would carry a 6-1/2 x 8-1/2 glass plate camera — that was a little heavy.” He eventually started to use smaller cameras and pioneered new territory with what can be done in smaller format photography.
So here I am this Sunday re-inspired by Mr. Adams and the contributions he made to the art of photography. I found this inspiration, down here at the southernmost tip of Mexico, while browsing the internet and reading NPR’s website. The National Public Radio system in the United States is one of the countries better accomplishments and a real gem of inspiration for millions of people both in and outside the country. Click the photo above to go to the story that inspired me this Sunday morning, thank you Mr. Adams, wherever you are….