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The Ansel Adams Gallery is thrilled to offer its collectors, friends and fellow art lovers, a chance to participate in a unique opportunity. From time to time on our website, we love to feature a hand-made image from one of our distinguished Gallery artists at a discounted price.

This month, we have arranged to present an image of Yosemite by John Sexton: “Trees, Valley Fog, Dusk.” While John's original prints in this size normally sell at $1,000, you can now add one to your private collection for 25% off the retail price. Each gelatin silver photograph is printed by Mr. Sexton by hand in his darkroom to current archival standards, and is signed, mounted, matted and ready for framing. The time to purchase will begin at 9:00 AM Pacific Time on Monday, August 3rd, and will expire upon the close of business, Sunday, August 9th at 6:00 PM. Once the offer has expired, we anticipate an order fulfillment time of approximately four to five weeks to ensure the quality of each individual order. This offer is available for a very limited time, after which, the print will return to full price.

Email our curator, Evan Russel, at evan@anseladams.com if you have any additional questions about the prints or shipping.

The Unique Offer Image

Trees, Valley Fog, Dusk
by John Sexton

Yosemite Valley has been one of my favorite places on the planet since I first visited this magical place as a young child sixty years ago. Our annual family vacation was a two-week camping adventure in Yosemite. Those two weeks were the highlight of each and every year. Today I still discover wonder and amazement within the confines of the granite cliffs that define Yosemite Valley. As much as I enjoy looking at images by others of the grandiose and spectacular Yosemite peaks and domes, I find myself more drawn to details and vignettes of this wondrous area.

The image Trees, Valley Fog, Dusk was made late on a cold winter day in January 1980. It had been drizzling and spitting snow throughout the overcast day. As is often the case in Yosemite Valley, low-lying fog began to form in the meadows as dusk approached. I always find this type of weather situation adds an interesting and mysterious element to the landscape. I remembered a row of trees on the north side of Yosemite Valley not far from Yosemite Lodge, and thought that they would provide interesting dark forms in contrast to the wafting fog on the other side of the valley.

Working in the quiet light of dusk required an exposure of one minute in length with my 4x5" view camera. The fog was constantly moving back and forth during the exposure. I exposed a second "backup" negative for the same length of time but the fog was quite different. The image that you see reproduced here was an immediate choice when I saw the negatives side-by-side on the light box, as the shape and balance of the fog was much more interesting to me in this negative. I enjoy the challenge of printing this negative in my traditional darkroom. It requires considerable manipulation to try and render the fog with a feeling of atmosphere, and maintain subtle detail in the nearly black tree trunks at the same time.

Most days when I am photographing in the landscape I do not end up with an image that will have lasting interest for me. I often say I don't need to make more photographs…I simple need to make more GOOD photographs! It is important to me that, even on those days that do not prove to be photographically fruitful, the experience of being in the land is something enjoyable and enriching in and of itself. I hope and believe such experiences add to the ability to make more meaningful and satisfying photographs of the land in the future.

This open edition silver gelatin, selenium toned, print is approximately 10-1/4 x 13-1/4" in size, personally hand-printed by me (as are all my prints), processed to current archival standards, signed, mounted, and matted to 16x20" on 100% rag museum board.

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Trees, Valley Fog, Dusk, Yosemite Valley, CA
Price: $1,000.00
Trees, Valley Fog, Dusk, Yosemite Valley, by John Sexton
Original fine art photograph signed by John Sexton