SIA interpretation: Ansel Adams

This week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) inspiration challenge is curated by Jess @ Animated Cardigan, who chose the 1958 photograph “Aspens, Northern New Mexico” by the great American photographer Ansel Adams (1902–1984). This year is also the centennial of the National Park Service, and Ansel Adams is famous for his photographs of nature and national parks like Yosemite and others. You can view more of his artwork here on the MoMA website and in compilation works like this one.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA: Ansel Adams collage

My blogger friend Erin @ Loop Looks left a comment on last week’s SIA challenge post about how my vine-print top, last seen here, would be perfect for this SIA interpretation — and I hadn’t even thought about that top yet for the challenge. Erin definitely inspired me — thanks, Erin! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering textures and shades of grey + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering textures closeup


Librarian for Life + Style | Layering textures and shades of grey + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering textures and shades of grey + black

I focused on texture with this interpretation, as I’ve always marveled at all the light and texture that comes through in Ansel Adams’s photography. My tweed blazer and snakeskin-and-cork wedges provided a lot of texture. There is a strong vertical visual element in the photograph, so I also went “long ‘n’ lean” with skinny jeans and tone-on-tone with black and grey and silvery tones.

My snakeskin wedges have a thin ankle strap, but I decided NOT to roll up my new black skinny jeans to show the ankle straps. I didn’t want to break the line — again, wanting that “long ‘n’ lean” silhouette. Instead, I left the edge of the jeans as is over the ankle straps, which I think actually highlights the D’Orsay cut of these wedges.

Librarian for Life + Style | Snakeskin wedges closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering textures and shades of grey + black

The backdrop, with its trees and hedges and leafy covering, felt like a perfect setting for these photos. This is along a little path on my college campus — Stephanie and I did a quick photo shoot on the way to work one morning.

There’s still time to participate in SIA! All are welcome to participate in SIA challenges — just send a pic of an outfit inspired by this week’s SIA inspiration piece to this week’s curator, Jess at, by tonight. Jess will post the round-up on her blog, Animated Cardigan, tomorrow.

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9 thoughts on “SIA interpretation: Ansel Adams

  1. Erin @ Loop Looks

    Yay! You used the top I was thinking of 🙂 And I LOVE it with those shoes. Actually, I just really love those shoes. I also agree with keeping the jeans unrolled to cover the ankle straps.

    Also, I wish I had thought to post a black and white photo of my outfit. You and your details 🙂 Love it!

  2. Pingback: Style Imitating Art 2016 retrospective | Librarian for Life and Style

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