As I have written before I am not a great fan of Ansel Adams’ work although I can fully appreciate why others feel differently. I do, however, think that his thoughts about photography should be essential reading for anyone whose ambitions go beyond the simple snapshot. He was a master at reducing very complex thoughts down to a single sentence without losing the meaning.
One of my favorites is this:
There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept
…and I agree with it absolutely. There is little or no value in a technically perfect image that has no, for want of a better word, soul. About the most that this type of image can say is ‘hey look. I can afford expensive equipment’.
It is however perfectly possible to have a great image where nothing is sharp providing that the thought process behind the image was solid.
'Breaking down the many overwhelming aspects and complications of photography, this book manages to focus on what is most relevant in true photographic creation. The Minimalist Photographer touches on all of the key components of authentic photography in an easy to digest and extremely helpful manner.'
-Photo.Net best photography books of 2013