A Black and White Photo Study Inspired by Ansel Adams

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Every summer we take a trip over to the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, NY, to soak up the beautiful art and scenery. The exhibits are always changing and we’ve been able to see some of the most famous paintings in the world as well as wonderful works by local artists — all right here in Central New York, only a little over an hour’s drive from home.

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This year you can see posters by Toulouse-Lautrec, paintings by Whistler, and photos by Ansel Adams (and much more). I especially enjoyed the Adams exhibit and the detailed explanation (with plenty of entertaining stories and facts) given by our tour guide Michael.

So after seeing Ansel’s photos and hearing about some of his photographic adventures (and with my camera around my neck as always), I decided to give black and white a go.

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That’s one of the best things about visiting an art museum — it gives your mind a push down paths you had forgotten or had never thought of before. Here in Central New York, we have so many opportunities to see great art. None of us has to travel very far for it.

Here are the photos I came up with. I was looking for textures and patterns, shapes and shadows. What do you think? Go ahead and leave a comment.

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2 Replies to “A Black and White Photo Study Inspired by Ansel Adams”

  1. These are gorgeous. Black and white works so well, especially for geometric shapes. Thanks for reminding me about Cooperstown. I have a friend who may be coming up and we’ll have to give Cooperstown a visit. Also want to try their contra dance when they resume in the fall.

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