The subject and the picture were not the same thing, although they would afterwards seem so. It was the photographer’s problem to see not simply the reality before him but the still invisible picture, and to make his choices in terms of the latter.
Visualization was an important and revolutionary concept to photographer Ansel Adams, who opens his seminal trilogy of books—The Camera, The Negative, and The Print—with a chapter on visualization. In this chapter, Adams offers this definition:
The term visualization refers to the entire emotional-mental process of creating a photograph, and as such it is one of the most important concepts in photography. It includes the ability to anticipate a finished image before ...