Discussion Questions: Ansel Adams’s Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park

Ansel Adams, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, 1934; collection SFMOMA, gift of Mrs. Walter A. Haas; © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

  1. Using all of your senses, describe this place. What does it sound like, smell like, look like, and feel like?
  2. It appears that there are no people in this landscape. Why do you think the artist left the scene unpopulated? What effect does this have?
  3. Think of a place that has been inspirational to you. What is it like?

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