Ansel Adams is one of the best photographers of the 20th century, and now we might know why. Photographer Elliot McGucket has discovered that a lot of Adams' iconic images were composed using the golden ratio, which is believed to be hardwired into the human brain as inherently beautiful.


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"Great artists such as Ansel Adams exalted their art with the golden ratio—the very same ratio present in the bones of our fingers and facial features," McGucken told PetaPixel. "Whether Ansel used the golden harmonies consciously or unconsciously may remain a mystery forever." Take a look at the images below and tell us what you think.

More info: anseladams.com | elliotmcguckenphotography.com (h/t: mmm)

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mr toto 7 months ago

Absolute bollocks, photos are great, but nothing to do with the golden ratio ..with the same effort I could just put a pizza on these photos and say that people love these photos because of the pizza..

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Michael DeBell 4 months ago

Well, he may have used it but that doesn't mean it is any more special than any other ratio. So maybe he liked it and it worked out for him.

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Caitlyn McCracken 7 months ago

lol this just looks ridiculous over the photo. Did Ansel really have the ratio in mind?

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