Unique Offer in Fine Art Photography – Jeffrey Conley *Ends Sunday*June 16, 2014
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 will be featuring a never-before-printed, hand-made image from one of our distinguished Gallery artists at a discounted price, prior to its availability within the general market place. This month, we have arranged to present three platinum prints from Jeffrey Conley: “Merced River and Lower Brother, Yosemite, 1991,” “Fiordland, Dusk, NZ, 2011” and “Trees in Blizzard, 2014.” While Jeff’s silver prints are renowned, this is the first time that original platinum work from these negatives has been made available. These platinum prints range between $400 and $800 in price, but with this offer you have the opportunity to add them to your private collection for 25% off the initial retail price. Each hand-coated platinum print is made by Mr. Conley in his darkroom and printed to current archival standards and signed, numbered in a limited edition, matted and ready for framing. Each image will be nominally 8”x10” in size and numbered in an edition of 20 – only 10 of which will be made available as part of the offer. Following the first ten sales of an individual print, the cost of that print will automatically jump to $800 and our introductory discount will no longer apply. The time to purchase will begin at 9:00 AM Pacific Time on Monday, June 16th, and will expire upon the close of business, Sunday, June 22nd 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 inaugural printing offer is available for a very limited time, after which, all prints will return to full price.
Please visit www.anseladams.com/unique to purchase and read more specific details about each available image. You can also email our curator, Evan Russel, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any additional questions about the prints, pricing, editions or shipping.
Evan Russel, Curator
The Ansel Adams Gallery
In 1991 I was fresh out of college with a degree in photography and was an employee at The Ansel Adams Gallery. I was thrilled to be working at the Gallery and living in Yosemite Valley.
This photograph, Merced River and Lower Brother, was made after the first snow I witnessed while living in the Valley. The day began with light snow falling which grew into a substantial storm of around ten inches of heavy snow on the Valley floor. The snow gave way to a light, rainy drizzle which tapered off in the late afternoon. A heavy hanging mist materialized and as I looked longingly out the window of The Ansel Adams Gallery, the Manager, Karen, took notice and told me to “get out there” and photograph. Off from work early I ran home, grabbed my photo gear and set off on foot to see what I might find. I followed the light west along the Merced River until I came to this vantage point and responded to the light, form, and the hanging mist which beautifully diffused the light. As the light faded and my feet grew numb I was euphoric in having witnessed the theater of a Yosemite winter storm. Feeling both cold and gratified, I walked home and built a warming fire in the wood stove.
Fiordland, Dusk, NZ, 2011
Inspired by the beautiful and unusual landscape, I traveled in 2011 to the South Island of New Zealand for three and a half weeks of photographing while living out of a VW camper van the entire time. This photograph, Fiordland, Dusk, was made at the south end of the South Island at Milford Sound within Fiordland National Park. Each place has its own distinct and unique character, but in many ways Fiordland National Park is to New Zealand what Yosemite National Park is to the United States.
Anticipating gorgeous morning light I camped about an hours drive from Milford Sound with the plan of a pre-dawn drive over an impressively engineered windy road into the Sound. All went well until I arrived to find Milford Sound covered by a pea-soup fog that obscured all except the shoreline… The beautiful light was not happening. Somewhat disappointed, I spent the next several hours exploring a network of trails around Milford Sound and photographing a few small scenes. I waited- and about 12 hours after I had originally anticipated, the fog lifted and lovely late afternoon light swept across the vast space. Vastness is an important element in this photograph. To give a sense of scale, the waterfall (Lady Bowen Falls) seen in the distance just to the right of center, cascades 530 feet into Milford Sound.
As a landscape photographer, control is limited and the quest can be both humbling and exhilarating. I can get myself to a location and region that is visually compelling, be prepared equipment-wise and have a strong knowledge of how to best utilize my gear. Ultimately, my philosophy boils down to being prepared and patient and to allow the photographs to unfold on their own serendipitous terms.
For as long as I remember I have been captivated with the ethereal qualities of snow; how it defines and transforms objects, reflects light, and even how it softens sound. I have long been inspired by the austere simplicity that can be found in the winter landscape.
This photograph was made this past winter near my home in Oregon in the midst of an unusually intense storm that brought more than a foot of snow. The snow shrouds both the background and foreground of the trees, highlighting their symmetry and detail. With the camera solidly mounted on a tripod, and trying to keep my camera and lens free of the flying snow with a large umbrella, I composed the photograph and chose a rather fast shutter speed to try and capture the action of the falling snow against the dark trees. For me, this image does not feel distinctly photographic but has the feeling of a pointillism drawing.
Jeffrey Conley is a fine art landscape photographer who specializes in creating traditional black and white prints. His meticulously crafted prints, made utilizing traditional darkroom processes, are made in small limited editions. His work has been widely exhibited and collected by private collectors and museums worldwide. In 2011 his first monograph, Winter, was published by Nazraeli Press.
Conley’s photographs strive for a balanced simplicity that evoke his sense of wonder and reverence for the natural world. Scale and palette vary, from small, intimate and subtle, to large, grand and dramatic. In all he seeks to capture a meditative spirit unique in his approach to landscape photography. In the end he strives to create beautifully luminous handcrafted prints utilizing traditional photographic processes.
Originally from New York State, Jeffrey received a BFA in Photographic Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology. In 1991 he moved to Yosemite National Park. In Yosemite he photographed extensively, taught photography at The Ansel Adams Gallery, and met his future wife. He now lives in the Willamette Valley of Oregon with his wife, Jennifer, and daughter, Ella. Please be sure to view more of Jeffrey Conley’s photographs at www.jeffreyconley.com as well as at the Gallery’s site, www.anseladams.com.