I used to have this recurring dream that I knew someone from a famous band personally, and every time they would come to town, they would stay at my house and conduct a living room or backyard concert for a select list of friends. The particular band changed from time to time, but the premise was always the same. It would get loud, and even the neighbors wouldn’t complain because it was such a rare thing. Recently I had a similar dream, but it was not a band that was coming over, but the legend Ansel Adams himself.
Forget the details of how I actually knew Ansel, logic like that doesn’t exist in the world of the subconscious. All I knew was that I was picked, and after dinner, I was to show him a spot to photograph in my state. Time for one spot, and one spot only. From there the anxiety started. No pressure right? After all, Michigan is not exactly on the top ten list of such notable grand landscapes, which I assumed he would be most interested in. Or would he be more interested in something different than those big scenics?
I settled on the southern shoreline of Lake Superior, at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. For me, it characterizes some of the unexpected, hidden beauty of the state, and is “grand” enough to entice even the most well traveled landscape photographer. It is also best explored from the water, something that I imagined might be different for him. A variety of opportunities exist, from large grand scenics to intimate rock wall abstracts. I think there is enough to keep any photographer busy for one visit, let alone ten visits.
So here is the real kicker – the dream pretty much ended there. I never got the chance to see if my selection was enticing enough. I never got to hear (or see) the music play. I never got to head back to the darkroom (or computer) with my buddy Ansie to see some of the real magic happen. It became a dream more about a question than an actual event. As such, I thought the question would be a good one for anyone to ponder.
So I pose the question to you… “Where would you go if Ansel came to dinner?”
What particular spot in YOUR state or city do you think you would pick? Would you go for the grand scenic, or try to draw his attention to more subtle natural beauty?
Use the hashtag #IfAnselCametoDinner if you share your post on social media, and if you an include a link back to this post in your post, I will approve it in the trackbacks to keep a list of others that might want to explore a similar dream.
I hope you have fun with this idea.