It’s summertime! And that means I’m trying to juggle work and being a mom. So two days ago, we went to our library. Caden wanted to look for books about different countries. He loves dreaming about travel. I also picked up a few books.
Currently I’m reading a book about Ansel Adams. It is super interesting. It tells a little about the man and then dives into ten of his most famous photographs.
I do not know much about Adams, other than he is a very famous landscape photographer. So I thought that this would be a great read. Little did I know how much I would enjoy it.
“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” Ansel Adams
I could tell you all kinds of fun facts about Adams. But I think for our purposes here. I wants to tell you guys about Adams as an artist.
Most people think of Adams as a rich, successful artist who spent his life photographing the national parks. All in black and white.
Well, all of his life he worried about money and his lack of it. From 1940-60’s when art collectors were not yet purchasing photographs, Adams relied heavily on income from commercial work. Something that would now be called freelance. This was often not enough to pay the bills for his family, which led to his alcoholism.
It was not until 1970 when he was 68 years old, that he could afford to turn away from commercial assignments, and focus all of his time to his own photography. Which is where most of the images you know him from today come from.
I tell you this story of Adams, because I am seeing a discussion in the photography and art industry pop up more and more. Artists are struggling. Some are photographers, but this discussion can be translated to painters, sculptors, etc. And most of these artists are amazing at what they do! Art is notoriously something that is not appreciated until the person is gone. Why is that? Why can’t we see beautiful art, thank the artist for their talent and pay them what they are asking for it? If you love it, show them you love it!
Purses, phones, coffee, cars. They all go out of style. Ten, fifty, one hundred years from now no one will care what phone or car you had. However, fine art stands the test of time.
For example, Italy. Paintings galore. All from before I was born.
So when you are thinking about your next portrait session. Please remember that your photograph’s should be treated like heirlooms. Select an artist that will treat them as such. Don’t you want beautifully displayed family portraits of your family that your family will cherish for many, many years to come? USBs and digital downloads will not stand the test of time.