alexdarke asked: White Elephant party, tumblr style: You meet an international art thief, and they offer you one original piece of art delivered to you from anywhere in the world, on the condition that you keep it only for your own enjoyment and return it upon your death. What do you ask for?
Probably Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico by Ansel Adams. He was my main inspiration to become a photographer in the first place, and Moonrise isn’t “just” beautiful (I’ve seen several of Adams’ original prints, and no book or screen does justice to their breathless silver), it represents the combination of skill, presence in the moment, and visual & emotional transformation, that I never stop hoping for in my own work. If there’s a single artist more than any other that’s shaped what I try to do and where I want to go, it’s him.
(And here’s Alex’s beautiful response to my question.)