Black and White photography has its special enchantment. Today’s photograph was shot by my favorite photographer; Ansel Adams. He was a magician who wielded his camera like a magic wand to cast the spell of enchantment on viewers. Although a number of Adams’ photographs are famous but the photograph that I am presenting today has become really iconic.
This photograph was shot in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming in 1942 and is called The Tetons and the Snake River. The black and white photograph shows a mesmerizing combination of the turning Snake River in the background of Teton mountain range. Among Adams’ photographs this particular one has the distinction of being one of the 115 images that were kept in the Voyager Golden Record. This record had been placed aboard the Voyager spacecraft in hope that another intelligent life form in the universe might find it. Incidentally, Voyager 1 was the spacecraft that shot another famous photograph called The Pale Blue Dot.
This particular photograph was part of the Mural Project, commissioned to Ansel Adams by the Department of the Interior, US Government. Because the government paid Adams for this photograph, it became the property of the government. Aim of the Mural Project was to take photographs in the National Parks and other such places. these photos were to be used for decorating the department’s new building. During the project, Ansel Adams also shot some photos for which he did not charge the government.
The Tetons and the Snake River photograph is famous not only because of its breathtaking beauty, but also because of its inclusion in the Voyager Golden Record. Voyager 1 is the farthest man-made object. At present it is nearly 20 billion kilometers away from the Earth. That puts The Tetons and the Snake River among the images that have gone farthest from the home of mankind.
Ansel Adams was one of the first photographers who turned photography into an art form. His beautiful photographs of American landscape, especially The Tetons and the Snake River, had a great influence on people and made them more environment aware. People felt that the beauty shown in these photographs must be preserved and thus these photographs managed to do what environmental agencies find hard to do! Ansel’s photos bring us the nature in its most pristine form.
I am sure you liked this photograph and the story behind it. Do comment and let me know your view. And stay tuned as I will be writing about lots of more interesting photographs. Thank you for reading!