As I write this, it’s blowing, snowy and not fit weather for much, save reflection. So I thought I’d tell you about Robert Adams.
A week ago a friend gifted me a copy of a Barry Lopez essay, “Learning to See.” Lopez’s subject is American landscape photographer Robert Adams, and the essay can be found in Lopez’s book About This Life: Journeys on the Threshold of Memory.
When I read something this powerful, it’s hard to take in. I read slowly, bit by bit, over a period of days. Then I re-read it. Knowing less about photography than I do painting and other art mediums–at least photography’s technical aspects–I’m no doubt embarrassing myself here. I’d not heard of Robert Adams. Looking at his work on line I discovered a collection at the Yale Art Museum’s collection, and I hope to visit it this holiday season.
Can’t hold a candle to Lopez, so I’ll share a bit of his writing about Adams.
“His black and white images are intelligently composed and morally engaged. They’re also hopeful, despite their sometimes depressing subject matter—-brutalized landscapes and the venality of the American Dream as revealed in suburban life….He photographs with compassion and he doesn’t scold….His pictures are also accessible, to such a degree that many of them seem casual….If there is such a thing as an ideal of stance, technique, vision and social contribution toward which young photographers might aspire, it’s embodied in this man.”
Seems a fine thing for young photographers, and everyone, to contemplate heading into this season. Here is a link to a New York Times review of Adams’ book BEAUTY IN PHOTOGRAPHY: Essays in Defense of Traditional Values.
Over snowy Teton Pass, Driggs, Idaho’s Heron Glass holds its annual holiday open house and studio sale on Saturday, December 14th, 10am – 5pm, at their shop on 240 North 5th Street. All are welcome to stop by and, if you are a glass lover, take your time feeling like a kid in a candy shop.
Heron Glass also wants you to know that on the same day, in Driggs, Guchiebird’s, The Local Galleria, The Back 40 and Rick’s will “be hopping,” and TAC ceramics and print-making studios will be doing demos and open houses. AND, the Craft Attack show happens at the Driggs City Center, while Santa’s Workshop debuts at Tony’s Pizza and Pasta. Shop, eat, be merry! www.heronglass.com