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Write Around PAM: Ansel Adams

In addition to grand sweeping vistas, Ansel Adams spent time photographing the urban landscapes surrounding his home. This weekend, we invite you to spend some time closer to the city, writing within this place. Take a moment to imagine standing where Adams did when he took this photograph. What do you notice? What if you look closer? How does it feel to be here? What can you hear or smell? If you turn around, what else might you see? Bring these reflections onto the page, and notice what else comes up for you. Take a moment to think about what landscape can mean for you in your every day. Experience this work in person in the Ansel Adams in Our Time exhibition on view now through August 1 at the Portland Art Museum.

We have 2 prompts to help you get started. As always, you can use one, both, or write whatever else comes. Just set a timer for 10 minutes and keep your pen or pencil moving.

She always wondered… / Beyond the horizon…

Writing in community is powerful. We are grateful to our longtime partner Write Around Portland for the writing prompts and inspiration. You can revisit past Sunday posts and look for continuing weekly posts through the summer with a focus on Ansel Adams in our Time. Please share your work with us! @writearoundpdx @portlandartmuseum #RespectWritingCommunity #WriteAroundPAM