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Wednesday, 20 February 2013

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Everything you said about Ansel is true. And I have been everything you said about him. However, I'm still waiting for my ship to come in. I do own an original Ansel print. A portrait signed by him. That's as close to God as I can get.

This was one of my birthday gifts from my wife last year;

http://www.amazon.com/Ansel-Adams-Color-Andrea-Stillman/dp/0316056413/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361405320&sr=8-1&keywords=ansel+adams+color

I never knew he had turned to the dark side... ;-)

I am none of that, but I named my son Ansel.

Happy birthday admired sir.

Funny, I would have guessed that the photo was of Frank Zappa!

Just last week I read your featured book - Looking at Ansel Adams. It covered many of the oft-told stories, but it also had some new insights into the Ansel the very human man that were thoroughly enjoyable. Ansel was no more perfect than any of the rest of us, but his striving for perfection in his art and craft was an inspiration to me. I was also impressed by how he balanced his very personal view of what photography should be with the gracious willingness to go to the extremes required to make others happy. Making that many copies of Moonrise... would be more than most people could stand.

Stephen Shore, in this YouTube video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7P1DqhMsnPw&sns=em tells the story that as a young photographer he was at a dinner seated next to an older Ansel Adams. Adams, he recounts, had too much to drink and at one point said to Shore, (I paraphrase) "I took some interesting photographs at one point in my career and ever since I've been taking the same photograph". Shore was stunned and thought to himself (again I paraphrase) "I don't ever want to be an older photographer sitting next to a young emerging (argh!!) photographer and say such a thing" and finishes by saying whenever he notices himself taking the same photos again he forces himself to do something entirely different.

The video which I found excellent describes how Shore followed through on that advice to himself.

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