Ansel Adams Wilderness revisited in new National Geographic book

by Liam McCabe

posted Friday, April 25, 2014 at 12:44 PM EST

Photo: National Geographic / Peter Essick

Ansel Adams was not only a pioneering landscape photographer, but a conservationist as well, playing a big role in convincing the federal government to create the Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks. After his death, a section of the central California wilderness was renamed in his honor.

Photographer Peter Essick, who has worked for National Geographic for 25 years, embarked on a project to photograph that area, following in the footsteps that Adams laid decades before. Essick's photos were just published in a new Nat Geo book, appropriately titled The Ansel Adams Wilderness.

A pine seedling in snow. Photo: National Geographic / Peter Essick.

The landscapes, as Adams would have done, are presented in black-and-white, though they were shot with a digital camera—no specific model is mentioned, though. Either way, the photos are stark and attention-grabbing. Modern process or otherwise, the landscape is pretty powerful.

Afternoon at Dana Lake. Photo: National Geographic / Peter Essick.
Aspen Tree, Parker Lake. Photo: National Geographic / Peter Essick.

National Geographic has graciously shared some of Essick's photos from the collection for your viewing pleasure. To see more, buy the book or head to Essick’s website, and check out a quick interview he did recently with Mother Nature Network.

(Via MNN)