Archive for June 19th, 2012

One of my favorite scenes in one of my favorite movies, the original King Kong, is when the ship of explorers first reaches its destination, Skull Island.  As the ship slowly moves through the fog that surrounds the island, the clouds dissipate and you see the land that is home to prehistoric creatures, including the Eighth Wonder of the World himself.

Today, as I looked at Mount Chocorua in Tamworth, NH, the low clouds were quickly dissolving from obscuring the mountain’s iconic granite peak.  I can just picture the mighty Kong climbing up to the top and beating his chest as he surveys the stunning scenery below.

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ANSELI have posted in the past about the wonderful Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, MA and the great exhibitions they have hosted.  This past weekend, I had the opportunity to check out PEM’s latest major exhibition, Ansel Adams: At the Water’s Edge (now through October 8, 2012).

I have always been a fan of Ansel Adams and marveled at what he was able to accomplish with his camera, black an white film, and a love for the landscape of this great country.  This exhibition brings together a diverse collection of Mr. Adams’ work from his storied career, all linked together by a common theme: water.

About Ansel Adams: At the Water’s Edge: “Ansel Adams’ appreciation for water was never far from the surface. He was drawn to the subject in all its forms, from rain, fog, mist and clouds to ice and snow. He also photographed water’s effects in tide pools, weathered buildings and erosion patterns. His fascination with surf and crashing waves fed his interest in waterfalls and rapids in the High Sierra. In Yellowstone, it fueled his photographs of Old Faithful. At the Water’s Edge combines famous images with extraordinary but lesser-known examples, expanding knowledge of Adams’ work and building appreciation for the artist as an important and innovative modernist.”

It is great to be able to see so many of Ansel Adams’ work together in one place.  The exhibition allows you to see these great images as the artist himself wanted them to be seen.  As someone who fancies himself a bit of a photographer himself, I have to bow to the great Ansel Adams for creating a genre that forever will stand the test of time. 

As one of the placards in the exhibition says when quoting Mr. Adams view of how people may see his work: “you either get it, or you don’t.”  I get it, and it is wonderful.

The Ansel Adams: At the Water’s Edge exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA continues through October 8, 2012.

See more about Ansel Adams: At the Water’s Edge here.

Find out more about the Peabody Essex Museum here.

My Ansel Adams-inspired shot of the glorious atrium of the Peabody Essex Museum:

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