Ansel Adams Winter Storm Analysis

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The photograph Winter Storm by Ansel Adams was taken in 1944 and is currently on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. This photograph portrays how the great and seemingly untouchable can be affected by external forces. It shows the majesty of the mountains by comparison to the diminutive appearing trees below in the bottom two-thirds of the image. While above, the negative space is filled by the storm rolling in that conveys the oncoming outside force.

Studying the bottom two thirds of the image you see it is covered by trees. The angle the artist used to take the photograph makes these tall and intimidating trees look tiny in comparison to the mountains behind. This lends to the idea that these majestic mountains could not possibly
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There are just 2 mountains that are central to this photograph and they seem to be rising above the mass of trees below them, rising to greatness either spurred on or supported by this forest below. Isolated and majestic. Provoking thoughts of the isolation of those who stand out and achieve great things or the fact that great ideas come from the few not the many. But does this grand and elevated mountain remain unreachable? Is it untouchable? The negative space of the photograph shows clouds rolling in to obscure parts of these isolated outcroppings of rock. The storm is rolling in and will eventually hide the proud mountains from view. Even those that rise above the masses can be affected by outside influences or forces. They are not immune to being effected by the unexpected forces that flow through our lives.

To conclude, Winter Storm by Ansel Adams portrays how the great and seemingly untouchable can be affected by external forces. This is a message that transcends time because there will always be an outside force trying to influence our actions. Whether it be the media, your friends or even your family, we need to be able to overcome the outside influences, look beyond them at the bigger picture and form our own view of the