I just had to get to the Ansel Adams exhibit while it was still at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA! I’ve mostly seen prints of his work, and have always love the majestic scenes he captured of Yosemite. Getting to see a whole exhibit of his work sounded like quite a treat–and I was right! We broke out unwritten “museums are for rainy days” family policy, and headed there yesterday in the brilliant sunshine, as we wouldn’t have another free Sunday to check it out prior to the exhibit ending on October 8.
The show’s title, Ansel Adams: At the Water’s Edge, gives you a pretty good idea of the theme. This collection of over 100 of Adams’ photographs featured water in its many forms, from a furious sea pounding against the Pacific coast to a tranquil lake reflecting gorgeous trees and mountains. Jodi and I enjoyed seeing some favorite spots we’d been to along the California coats, and it definitely made me want to visit Yosemite some time soon! There were also a few photos from his visits to Cape Cod. Our 7 year old was interested enough in the wide variety of nature photos to patiently stroll the gallery with us, and occasionally would urge, “Dad, you’ve got to see this one!”.
If you’ve browsed around this blog abit, you know that I love nature photography. That said, I’m no art critic. So I think I’ll stop here and simply encourage you to check out this show if you can before it leaves town! While you’re at it, check out the rest of the museum. This was our second visit in the past year. There’s a kids section that kept our son busy for awhile, and he also really enjoyed the maritime section that had some great ship models along with paintings with a nautical theme.
Details for a visit: As I said, October 8 is the deadline for seeing this one at the Peabody Essex. There are some extended hours and evening discounts in the exhibit’s final weeks. More information is available on the museum website.