White Post and Spandrel, Columbia, California
© The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust
Ansel Adams, "White Post and Spandrel, Columbia, California 1953". Printed 1974. Gelatin silver print issued from Plate 7 in Portfolio VI. Signed "Ansel Adams" lower right, and numbered "V1-7 35/110" lower left. Photo of a white post that runs vertically along the center of the photo.
Adams was the consummate recorder of American vastness, the wideopen West with its canyons, peaks, and skies. This exterior view suggests a quieter domestic haunting and abandonment. The viewer’s eye centers on the spectral, Samson-like post serving as a support for the structure above. If not Samson holding the roof, Atlas holding the world. A moonlike orb, in fact a bare lightbulb, rests just under the plane of exposed roof in the right-hand corner—a kind of outdoor signature for Adams and a rhyme of his more famous landscape and sky photographs.
Exhibition Title: Asheville Art Museum: An Introduction to the Collection
Label Date: 2021
Type: Catalogue Entry
Written by: Jay Bonner
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