I attended a recent lecture by Alan Ross at the G2 Gallery in Venice that was presented in conjunction with the Ansel Adams Exhibit: Open to the Public. The show consists of 22 national parks images which includes the iconic Mount Williamson photo. I have always been interested in that image because I often go up to the Eastern Sierras at Lone Pine to shoot landscapes and I’ve wondered about the exact location where that image was created.
According to the G2 website: “Alan Ross is a renowned photographer who worked side-by-side with Ansel Adams as his photographic assistant and who knows Adams’s approach and technique perhaps better than any other photographer today. He was personally selected by Adams to be the exclusive printer of the Yosemite Special Edition Photographs in 1975, an assignment Alan continues to this day, making each print by hand from Adams’ original negatives using traditional darkroom techniques”
After the lecture I asked Mr. Ross where Ansel shot that classic image and he told me the general location of the dirt road. That’s a good starting point but where exactly on the road did he stop and would I recognize it as I’m driving through the rocky arid terrain? A Google search lead to some more details from others who have tried to find the exact spot the image was taken. … Continue Reading