Ansel Adams: Visualizing a Photograph


(delicate piano music) – My basic approach to photography… depends on the visualization
of the final print before exposure is made. I say this very often, and I don’t know whether people realize that’s exactly what is meant. When you visualize a photograph, it is not only a matter of
seeing it in mind’s eye… but it’s also and primarily
a matter of feeling it, feeling the various qualities
that you wish to obtain in the final print. The shutter is operated. And then, the negative is developed. The negative can now be
compared to a musical score. It’s ready for it’s
performance, the print. If the negative is properly composed, technically and aesthetically,
it can be performed, so as to recreate the original
visualized intention… so that finally I can say
that I visualized the essence of the photograph to be.

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