Ansel Adams (American, 1902-1984)
Sunrise, Hilo Harbor, East Coast of Hawai‘i,1957–58
Collection Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona
© 2013 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

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

“Its captures the beauty and tranquility of a boat harbor in the morning. It portrays a sense of calm anticipation.” – Charlie

“Shows a simple time before technology, the carbon footprint of humanity, and change in priorities of life.” – Luc

“It show the ability of artist/photographer to capture a beautiful moment without using color. It makes me wanna wake up at that harbor.” – Irina

“…the awaiting adventure, so grand perhaps, compared to the perspective of the observer on the dock.” – Vanessa

“It captures the beauty and simplicity of rural life before development” – Ruby

“I couldn’t believe this was Hilo, or even Hawai`i for that matter! The times, they do change. Looks like it could be somewhere in Asia. I love that Adams could capture this feeling of unfamiliarity of my own home.” – Shellyn

How does this image captivate you? Did the artistic composition catch your eye? Do you have a personal connection to the subject?  

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