Ansel Adams (Natural Power)

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Natural Power: The Ansel Adams Project Power: just the word, creates a feeling of authority and righteousness. There is too, that feeling of power that is mischievous, uncontrollable, and troublesome. People strive for the ‘top’, to be the best, which is admirable. It must, however, come respectably. The strive for power and control can change people; it can cause many to betray their own - to become the ‘controller.’ Is it because we want to be in control, or is it because we don’t want to be controlled; ruled. People cannot be trusted with power. But are people ever truly the real power? True power cannot be controlled. It cannot be contained. Real power is beautiful, awe-inspiring, adored, and natural; as if it needs not to struggle to be powerful. The nature of the Earth: the mountains, the valleys, the rivers, the weather are all that is power. Ansel Adams is considered one of the best at portraying the power of nature. His photographs of the landscape overwhelm the viewer with beauty and awe. They show that true power is natural. The exhibition, Natural Power, is to not only show the beauty of the landscape, but also its untamable nature; its power. Even though it is an exhibit about nature, it can also be looked at as a tribute to Ansel Adams, for without his conservation efforts, some of this beauty might have been overtaken by human expansion. Though he may not be alive, his vision and love lives on through his photography for us to appreciate, learn from, and enjoy. “Art is both the taking and giving of beauty; the turning out to the light the inner folds of the awareness of the spirit. It is the recreation on another plane of the realities of the world; the tragic and wonderful realities of earth and men, and of all the inter-relations of these” (A. Adams). Ansel‘s perception of art shows that beauty, and art in

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