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Ansel Adams Quotes

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The only things in my life that compatibly exists with
this grand universe are the creative works of the human 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The more horrifying this world becomes,
the more art becomes abstract.
- Ellen Key

I've been to war, and it's not easy to kill.
It's bloody and messy and totally horrifying,
and the consequences are serious.
- Oliver Stone

Once we open the door to the plutonium economy,
we expose ourselves to absolutely terrible,
horrifying risks from these people.
- David R. Brower

I was not extremely patriotic about Mother Russia.
I played their game, pretending.
You have to deal with, you know, party people,
KGB.
Horrifying.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

Sometimes I'll get to the end of a song,
open my eyes and there's all these faces peering at me.
It's quite horrifying.
- Robert Smith

I feel like I'm witnessing the systematic destruction
of a people's ability to survive.
It's horrifying.
- Rachel Corrie

I did a film once that I was killed in.
It was a painful, horrifying day.
It was a wonderful day from the standpoint of acting,
but I was a wreck otherwise.
- Leslie Easterbrook

Horrifying as it was to crack up in the public eye,
it made me look at myself and fix it.
People were exploitative; that's human nature.
- Margot Kidder

There is a moment when nothing can be wiped out and left behind any more,
when there is only reality and reality is horrifying.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

What was really horrifying about jail is that it really isn't horrifying.
You adjust very easily.
- Roberta Victor

I saw Suicide in '74 and it was pretty horrifying.
- Robert Quine

It's painful for me to watch someone who isn't funny.
It's horrifying to sit in the back and watch some guy who just totally sucks.
- Joe Rogan

The Gulf War is responsible for the huge and horrifying
rise in Islamic terrorism.
- Pierre Salinger

I guess I so desperately want to see us put this planet right.
It's so horrifying to me that a fifth of us are starving every night,
and that forty thousand children die every single day.
- Ann Druyan

It was horrifying.
You wouldn't believe how people are treated there.
You could see that these people had withdrawn so far
that they just lived in their own minds.
They did terrible things to themselves.
- Kate Millett

It's not the last one.
Five's out, six is coming out in November,
that's a single chapter, and then seven is the big horrifying one.
And I think a couple after that to wrap the thing up.
- Eddie Campbell

I remember that all of a sudden, the car felt like I couldn't control it.
It was absolutely the most horrifying experience.
We rolled over, off the freeway.
I think there was something wrong with the car.
- Tracey Gold

All stereotypes turn out to be true.
This is a horrifying thing about life.
All those things you fought against as a youth:
you begin to realize they're stereotypes because they're true.
- David Cronenberg

Let there be peace on earth.
And let it begin with me.
- Jill Jackson Miller

Just when the caterpillar thought
the world was over, it became a butterfly.
- Anonymous

A Single Generosity Enlarges the World.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Try a new perspective on diversity.
Across the country and around the world,
we are all one.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The cleansing fire of Spirit
consumes the troubles of this world.
Feed your concerns to the fire.
Breathe deeply and rejoice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
- Oscar Wilde

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
May you delight in Dancing Lightly With Life.
May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.
May you always sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
May you taste, smell, and touch your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.
May your sun always shine, and your sky be forever blue.
- 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

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Say NO to the demands of the world.
Say YES to the longings of your own heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The problems of the world cannot possibly
be solved by skeptics or cynics
whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities.
We need men who can dream of things that never were.
- John F. Kennedy

Be the change you want to see in the world.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The best and most beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen or even touched.
They must be felt with the heart.
- Helen Keller

There are no small acts of kindness.
Every compassionate act makes large the world.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

We may have different religions, different
languages, different colored skin,
but we all belong to one human race.
- Kofi Annan

Be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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