I admire the work of Ansel Adams. I study and look at his B&W photographs and hope that in my lifetime I could achieve one print like his. I believe, though, that Ansel Adams was alive during a time when photography was desired...people wanted to own photographs and other works of art. This was something new for the masses to be a part of, join the collective, so to speak.
You know the question, "If you could go back in time, and speak to anyone, who would you speak to?" I would love to hang out with Ansel Adams for a month. The knowledge this man had would be worth more than gold.
I leave you with this quote to think about. It really made me think about my views on the world, as I see it, with and without the camera. For me, there is so much ugliness, bitterness, hatred, and cruelty. I want to forget that for awhile and concentrate on the beauty life/nature/people have to offer me and one another.
Luis"A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense and is a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety."