There have been a couple of interesting articles coming through Outdoor Photographer’s website recently, both reflecting on the work of Ansel Adams.
The first ‘Beyond Ansel Adams’ (available here) by Ian Plant seeks to remind us that the art of landscape photography is a creative process, one which in essence has many paths to the creative process. He writes:
For me, a photograph’s inherent tether to the moment is much more compelling and unique than its clarity or sharpness.
The second (‘Be a digital Ansel Adams, by the editors – available here) suggests how Adams approach can be updated for digital photography.
For me the really interesting things about these posts are more to do with that intersection point of technique, aesthetics and technology. Photographers have manipulated light or images for a very long time. The interesting debate now though, given the possibilities for ‘hyper-manipulation’, are related to where (or if) lines are drawn.