“Light to Adams, as to all photographers, is the great medium of revelation.”Charles Hodge.
In making the unsupportable assertion that god is light, Hodge, a fundamentalist confined by dogma, nevertheless makes arguably insightful observations about light:
- Light is the great medium of revelation
- Light in the natural world is the source or necessary condition of life
- Light is the source of all beauty
|The Tetons and The Snake River by Ansel Adams, 1942.|
This "revelation" is not of the divine, or of a self-serving deity, rather is self-evident phenomena and beauty revealed to- or discovered by- those who make a concerted practice of seeing, hearing, feeling, tasting, and touching the natural world.
Light encompasses all gradations of luminosity ― between blinding highlight and the dimmest shadow.
"When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow."
― Ursula Le Guin
Ansel Adams photographed the American West revealing its sublime beauty for generations to contemplate.
Adams was a student of light, both as an aesthetic and scientific pursuit (cf. The Zone System).
Of Adams' attention and sensitivity to the quality of light, Beaumont Newhall says
“Through its moods: noon brilliance, first light, dawn; through the illusion of substance: snow, charred wood, stone and the magic of a place and a moment, he conveys universal experience."
|McDonald Lake, Glacier National Park by Ansel Adams 1933-42.|
- Ansel Adams, Photographer, 1958, by Nancy Newhall. Narrated by Beaumont Newhall.
- Princeton Sermons, Outlines of Discourse, Doctrinal and Practical, 1893, by Charles Hodge.
- The Creative Process of Ansel Adams Revealed in 1958 Documentary. Open Culture, 20 Feb 2013.