As a child, Ansel Adams just couldn't sit still. He felt trapped indoors and never walked anywhere--he ran. Even when he sat, his feet danced. But in nature, Ansel felt right at home. He fell in love with the gusting gales of the Golden Gate, the quiet whisper of Lobos Creek, the icy white of Yosemite Valley, and countless other remarkable natural sights.
From his early days in San Francisco to the height of his glory nationwide, this book chronicles a restless boy's path to becoming an iconic nature photographer.
Nugget: What was that moment, that "aha", in famed Ansel Adam's life that ignited a love for photography and nature.
Need Enticement: I have to say that the author NAILED this in my opinion- her enticement ends with the famous San Francisco earthquake of 1906. The earthquake tossed four year old Ansel and he broke his nose. "Nature left its mark on Ansel Adams."
Escalation: The story is a birth to death biography so it follows a timeline but keeps that narrow focus of nature and photography. The author does not get sidetracked with other topics like so many birth-death stories often do.
Satisfying Ending: The author wraps the story up by summarizing, all of Ansel's life he noticed nature and now everyone notices Ansel's pictures.
Sources: The back matter in this book is fabulous, it includes a life and legacy, photographic visionary, as well as resources.
Sustaining Words: For creating conversations and lesson plans, Antsy Ansel will be fabulous for discussing weather, nature, and natural disasters. Of course there is also the discussion of photography and understanding light and shadows.
Why: Any hobby can be a lifelong career. Any passion can last a lifetime. If you love doing something, explore it- spend time. Get outside, nature holds many secrets.
Need & Want: Ansel wanted to use photography as a way to journal what he saw but he needed everyone else to feel the same passion for the beauty that he saw.