At Manzanar, every 20-by-25-foot room held eight detainees. Few furnishings were provided. Cots with straw mattresses, an oil stove, and a single hanging light bulb were all that decorated the rooms. And yet, in spite of the harshness of their environment, and in spite of the injustice of their circumstances, the prisoners managed to find inspiration, extract beauty, and create art.
Last week, our gallery hosted a Silent Auction to benefit the Yosemite Valley School — a school that is close to our hearts as it is part of our local community, and was also the very school that Michael Adams, Ansel’s son, attended when they lived in Yosemite Valley! It was a great event with lots of wonderful people. Thank you to all who attended!
One of the auction volunteers, a student from Yosemite Valley School, shared her enthusiasm for the fundraiser with us!
Local artists and businesses joined together to donate an array gifts for the auction, including paintings, historic photographs of the school, hand-made soaps, cider, jewelry, and experiences like an overnight at The Majestic Yosemite Hotel, also known as The Ahwahnee.
A wonderful time was had by all. Thank you for everyone who participated in lifting up Yosemite Valley School and supporting this educational initiative in the local community. We hope to share more community events like this in the future.
Learn how to photograph your next Yosemite experience like a pro, all with the camera you always carry: your mobile device!
Dillon Engstrom, staff photographer at The Ansel Adams Gallery, has created an empowering workshop that guides participants of all skill levels to make the most out of their cameraphone.
“In the Field: Creative Smartphone Photography” takes participants on a fun adventure throughout breathtaking Yosemite Valley. Dillon’s class shares step-by-step processes on how to capture, edit, and produce professional looking photos, all in the field and on the go.
Dillon delves into the more intricate technique capabilities of your cameraphone, and shares pro tips on both shooting and filming practices to truly document the essence of your Yosemite experience. He guides his students to explore ways on how to bring the vitality out of the photos they take.
“In the Field: Creative Smartphone Photography” builds confidence and aptitude in its participants, along with showing them how to create photographs that accurately represent how the scene looked the moment they took the photo. This class helps participants elevate photos to the level they deserve, and shows each student how to actualize their creative vision.
After exploring Yosemite Valley and practicing what you’ve learned amidst the mountains and meadows, you’ll head back to the gallery workshop for a lesson in editing and photo production. Here, you get to be creative with post-processing techniques, and play around with the artistic capabilities of a free professional photo editing app.
When you step away from class, you’ll leave with a clear understanding of the principles of mobile photography, along with how to personalize them for your own unique vision. You’ll be excited and prepared to capture that special moment when it strikes, in Yosemite and beyond.
THE ANSEL ADAMS GALLERY
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA 95389