Fish Pond


Ansel Adams (American, 1902-1984) Fish pond at dawn near Kaunakakai, Molokai, 1958 Plate 17 from The Islands of Hawaii Gelatin silver print Collection First Hawaiian Bank ©2013 First Hawaiian Bank

We asked community members to tell us a little bit about why this particular image captivated them. Here are some of their responses…

“It is very simple and pure, caught my eye because it looks like a very quiet place and relaxing” – Blue N.

“There is an element of serenity present, as the calmness of the ocean often makes humans feel tranquil and at peace…but it is eerily so. From a cultural standpoint, I can’t help but feel that the emptiness of this image speaks of abandonment. Abandonment of place, practice, and the Hawaiian way of life. This image breaks me.” – Kaleo A.

“Its just like the morning at He`eia fishpond. quiet, still, possibilities of life not born but present”Adam L.

Its pretty and unique and the clouds look like they are moving.” – Soleil D.

Only in Hawai`i can you get a photo like this. Beautiful, tranquil, spirituality” – Matt F.

“Very simply the base and spiritual essence of the land in hawaii is what makes the connection people have here limitless.” Carly L.

“The jetty draws the eye into the picture. It is clean, elegant, and has great contrast.”        –Tricia K.

“It makes me hungry. Give me fish!”Kristin R.

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