As a child, Adams hiked in the woods with his father and later, as a young teenager, spent his summers as a boy scout in nature camps in the Rockies. Interestingly, he also studied architectural drawing for a time at high school. You can sense his abiding love for the great outdoors in his work, as well as the formal rigour of the architect’s eye. His is not a romantic vision in the way that, say, Ansel Adams’ was, nor does he break with that tradition in the dramatic way Robert Frank did.
What Adams’ pictures capture is a profound sense of place and his sympathetic understanding of the same. You can tell that Adams loves these empty, still prairie spaces, and the silence that echoes in them. There is one evocative picture of Adams’ wife, Kerstin, standing with her back to the camera, hands on her head, her shirt billowing, beneath a vast, glowering sky. It is called: Kerstin enjoying the wind, east of Keota, 1969. You can almost feel the wind.
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