mount acongagua argentina

Ansel Adams said,

To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces and record the qualities of nature and humanity which live or are latent in all things. Impression is not enough. Design, style, technique, – these too, are not enough. Art must reach further than impression or self-revelation. Art, said Alfred Stieglitz, is the affirmation of life. And life, or its eternal evidence, is everywhere. Some photographers take reality as the sculptors take wood and stone and upon it impose the dominations of their own thought and spirit. Others come before reality more tenderly and a photograph to them is an instrument of love and elevation. A true photograph need not be explained, nor can be contained in words.

Ansel Adams said it best. Photographs have the ability to express and evoke emotion. A photograph can have perfect style and technique, but if it does not evoke emotion, what purpose does it serve? My favorite photographs are the ones that make me feel; like the Afghan Girl refugee with piercing green eyes that read of tragedy or the boat-bound refugees in the Mediterranean who cause pings of sadness.

Photography has the ability to capture moments and freeze time, to evoke emotions, and change perspectives. It is also best when shared with others. “Words Won’t Do” is a photography blog about those experiences, that can only be captured by camera and need not be explained with words.


Photo: Mount Aconcagua, west of Mendoza, Argentina. Highest peak in the Andes and highest mountain in the Western hemisphere. 2013.

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