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Join us for the Artist Reception Saturday, October 12th, 3-5pm
For the photographer, the art (or skill) of seeing the finished print in the mind’s eye is not to be taken lightly. It is a trait of true dedication – a sixth sense. Ansel Adams was a proponent of the task, and something he developed right here in the heart of Yosemite National Park around 1927. Today, Alan Ross, following years of side-by-side engagement with several giants of the medium, continues this tradition of visualization. Alan has said:
People often ask me if I actually “see” in black-and-white when I’m photographing. And the truth of it is, I do. For me, once the limitations or expectations of reality are eliminated, shapes, textures, relationships and nuance that might otherwise be missed come into view, and the image takes on a life of its own. Black-and-white, by its very nature, is an abstraction of reality and therefore tremendously liberating. With the “colors,” or tones, of black-and-white, I am free to skew the emphasis of the elements in the scene…a green leafy plant in front of a red sandstone wall can either be the hero of the scene, or recede against the wall, depending on what I want viewers to see. I can see the reality of color in my own way. These “colors” between true black and harsh white are also what give me a visually rich, elegant and expressive silver image.
Opening on August 18th and running through October 13th, 2019 The Color of Black and White – Original Photographs by Alan Ross will be on display at The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Village. A closing reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, October 12th with the artist in attendance. Come on by and witness Alan’s skewed views and ‘colorful’ visualization of The West.