Language of Light - Photographs by Alan Ross

Exhibition, April 21–June 8, 2024


The Ansel Adams Gallery | Yosemite National Park, CA

Bridalveil Fall, Storm by Alan Ross

“Language of Light” showcases the power of a single photograph to serve a practical purpose or tell a compelling story. Like a haiku, its simplicity and beauty can inspire us in countless ways.

Spring Rain, Yosemite by Alan Ross_32x40_Install

SPRING RAIN, YOSEMITE | size 32 x 40″

Artist’s Statement

For me, a photograph is very much a kind of language. It can be as practical and unadorned as an entry in an encyclopedia. It can be a set of instructions or tell a story. Alone, a photograph can be a graceful haiku.

For those of us to whom words do not come easily, a photograph becomes the language that allows us to express who we are, what we think and how we respond to the world around us.  I have used this “language of light” for almost 60 years to articulate those thoughts and feelings I am not often able to put into words.

Love, respect, admiration, sensuality, challenge, triumph, power, joy, awe, humility…all are more clearly and eloquently expressed through images like “Spring Rain,” Bridalveil Fall in Storm,” “Rocks and Mist,” “Curved Dune” or “Cabin Tetons” than any words I could conjure.

My visual interests have no real boundaries. I find equal inspiration and motivation in architecture, humor, irony, grand landscapes and the tiniest of tiny details. I take great pleasure in noticing how shapes, tones and textures can come together to tell a story or express an emotion.

I don’t make photographs to hide them away in a box; making a print and sharing it is my purpose. Having someone respond with an understanding into who I am, what I think, what I feel and how I view my place in the universe is my reward.

More from the Artist: Alan Ross

Language of Light - Photographs by Alan Ross


Original Photograph.
Signed and numbered by the artist.
Archival Pigment Print.
Multiple sizes available.

Rocks and Rapids, Bridalveil Creek by Alan Ross


Original Gelatin Silver Photograph
Signed and numbered by the artist.
Multiple sizes available.