5 Ansel Adams Quotes To Shoot By


1. “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” – Ansel Adams

Photographs should be more than just a visual form of communication. You can really embrace photography as a form of artistic expression. Instead of just taking a photograph, Ansel Adams suggests that you should make them. Make them yours— use your eye, your tools and your aesthetic. Craft your photography, and hone in on your art.

2. “You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” ― Ansel Adams

Photography is completely influenced by the photographer’s life. If you are feeling a lull in creativity, seek out what inspires you to recharge you. Re-read your favorite book or dive into a the work of a photographer that you admire. Listen to music, study a painting, share all of this with someone you love. Give yourself time to develop an enriched perspective into what inspires you. Going back into the core of what has shaped you is a good place to start.

3. “There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.” ― Ansel Adams

What’s your point of view? Identify and specialize with your photography. Find what you love to photograph and do it well. Being a jack of all trades may seem profitable, but it’s hard to do everything well. Are you a romantic? An adventurer? A foodie? An environmentalist? Take your time to explore what drives you. Don’t dilute what you do well with everything you don’t.

4. “No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.” ― Ansel Adams

Push your artwork to a place of honesty. Though art is subjective, don’t shy away from what moves you just to be acceptable. Encourage your creativity, and build from your distinguishing perspectives. Have confidence in your creativity and harness it.


5. “There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.” ― Ansel Adams

There are no rules in art. If you like what you are producing, then that is enough. Hopefully though your process, you will attract like-minded individuals, who’ll find kinship in your perspective. Whether they are your peers or your clients, you won’t find them unless you are putting out the signals for them to receive. By producing work that you love, you’ll find a community that you love working with.

-Chris Dunn