Looking for Ansel

The series documents my first journey to Yosemite National Park, a setting that I've become quite familiar with through the countless years that it has been the default Mac desktop picture, but I've never actually visited. Around five years ago when I started to develop an interest in photography I learnt of Ansel Adams and the work that he did around Yosemite National Park and his love for the light in the park. There is this one quote from him that I quite like: "the splendour of Yosemite burst upon us and it was glorious ... One wonder after another descended upon us ... There was light everywhere ... A new era began for me." I decided to head there at the start of 2018 to experience what he saw in this park and whether, as a photographer, I would have a similar experience to him. Walking through the park I decided to only take photos on medium format so I could slow down and try to see the light that he saw in the park. It was also a chance to just live in the moment and feel just how small we are compared to these giant mountains. In my search to see Yosemite the way Ansel saw it, I began to really appreciate the colours, the texture, the light, and also the sheer harshness of the environment around me.

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