In 1936, in the midst of an unrelenting workload and the near-demise of his marriage, legendary landscape photographer Ansel Adams suffered a nervous breakdown. After a stay in hospital, desperately in need of escape, Adams then returned with his family to the one place where he could find solace: Yosemite, California.
Some months later, as his health returned, he wrote the following beautiful letter to his best friend, Cedric Wright.
I refuse to leave this place without taking forward the knowledge that we will always be friends.
Kai Nodland's charming illustration simply conveys that sentiment.
From the “Alaska” photo album by Nikolai Zinoviev.
Friendship is the greatest of all things.
The greatest encouragement, the greatest love, the greatest security.
I’m so blessed.
Photos by Shawn Gust.
let’s scatter roses and pour wine in the glass;
we’ll shatter heaven’s roof and lay a new foundation.
If sorrow raises armies to shed the blood of lovers,
I’ll join with the wine bearer so we can overthrow them.
With a sweet string at hand, play a sweet song, my friend,
so we can clap and sing a song and lose our heads in dancing.
—Hafiz (Ghani-Qazvini, no 374) ’ the Shambhala Guide to Sufism’ Carl.W Ernst, Ph.D.