I was a young little thing in pigtails when I became aware of my Grandpa’s love for Ansel Adams’ work. Perhaps he sensed a kindred spirit, sharing a love of photography and nature. Perhaps, after his many years spent as a park ranger in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, my grandfather enjoyed seeing beloved landscapes immortalized on film. Perhaps it was the beauty and emotion that Adams expertly captured with the click of a shutter. Whatever it was that inspired Grandpa, he passed it on to me.
So in researching Ansel Adams’ photography, I was thrilled to come across these images of his home in Big Sur, photographed in 1983. A person’s home says so much about them and it’s clear that Ansel and his wife, Virginia, appreciated beauty and loved life. “I love it here,” he once said, “I don’t like leaving.”