Ansel Adams

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.”

Ansel Adams' home, designed by architect Eldridge T. Spencer, was surrounded by the natural vegetation of Big Sur.

The natural stone fireplace is flanked by Native American baskets and the Adams' extensive library. Above the mantle is a Chinese Confucian temple drum. French Rococo chairs bring an elegant balance to the space.

A gallery was designed to exhibit Adams' extensive collection. The wall color was specifically chosen by Adams to perfectly preserve and balance the light/color of his photographs.

The dining room was done in natural tones and materials to compliment the ocean view.

On the opposite end of the gallery, a 1927 photo of Yosemite National Park is displayed as well as a bronze bust of Adams, created by sculptor Betty Brissell.

Ansel Adams meticulously designed this dark room in his home, allowing him to explore new technologies and techniques.

"Cathedral Peak and Lake" c. 1938

"Half Dome, Merced River, Winter" c. 1938

"Tetons and the Snake River" c. 1942

As a designer, it's a wonderful surprise to see an interior photo shot by Ansel Adams! "Interior with Statue of Bull" c.1930

Interior photos courtesy of Architectural Digest.  Full article found here.  Ansel Adams photography/prints available for purchase online and used courtesy of Ansel Adams Gallery.

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