Jeffrey Pine is a species of pine native to North America. This specimen photographed by Ansel ADAMS around 1940 with an 8" x 10" camera was located on top of the Sentinel Dome, one of the peaks of the Sierra Nevada located in Yosemite Park.
It is the second highest point in the park, swept by the winds, which makes the resistance of this pine surprising. This pine owes its particular shape to the climatic conditions of the place. See more
It had little land and was subject to the most violent winds. Through his photography, Ansel ADAMS shows both the fragility of nature, but also its extreme resilience. The result is an image with Japanese accents, close to the print in certain aspects and to the art of bonsai.
About ANSEL ADAMS
American photographer, born in San Francisco, Ansel Adams is one of the pioneers of photography.
He made his first photographs in 1916 in Yosemite National Park, California. From the beginning, he showed a passion for America's magnificent landscapes. Intended to become a pianist, his meeting with Paul Strand in 1930 would leave an indelible mark on him, confirming his vision of a photography that was pure and devoid of artifice. See more
In 1932, Ansel Adams founded the now famous "f/64" group with exceptional photographers such as Edward Weston, John Paul Edwards and Williard van Dyke. Their line of conduct: close the diaphragm to its maximum - that of the photographic cameras of the time - and capture the landscapes with the greatest precision and the smallest details, thanks to a depth of field extending from the foreground to infinity.
Ansel Adams will devote a large part of his life - and work - to American national parks. Through the purity of his images, he will contribute to their preservation and arouse the general public's enthusiasm for nature, even encouraging the creation of new protected areas. All the photographs of Ansel Adams National Parks together make up 24 albums.