The Tetons and the Snake River symbolises the path that our own lives take - a snaking route towards the eventual end point.
The use of a limited palette in this photograph helps Ansel Adams to draw the eye towards the main focal point, without likely distractions.
Photographer Adams was passionate about the natural landscape in which he spent much of his childhood, and would use his art to convince, or remind, others of it's beauty.
Once this conviction had been resurrected, Ansel would then hope to encourage others to join him in protecting and further promoting the stunning landscape.
The Tetons and the Snake River is perhaps the most famous photograph produced by artist Ansel Adams and it also serves as an excellent summary of his photographic style at the height of his career.
All of the elements considered characteristic of Ansel Adams' style is present in this artwork, including maximum detail from a small aperture setting. The greater depth helps the viewer to really feel a part of the photograph, which is exactly as Ansel would have intended.
The photographer developed his own system of graduated greys would bring out middle tones with an extra vibrancy. There is an exciting balance in the content of this artwork, with a winding river providing a calmness against the strength of the mountain range which sits menacingly at the tip of the photo.
Furthermore, Adams also combines some dramatic lighting effects to add further interest, as well as relying on emotional connections that many will have naturally with elements of his photograph, such as the clouds and sky.
The high apeture settings used by Ansel Adams and others in his F/64 group brought detail into photography not commonly seen before, and was a significant part of his legacy.
Their contribution was key to pushing the boundaries of photography and changing the way in which it was perceived as an art form.
In this famous photograph, Ansel Adams was essentially trying to re-create the experience of visiting the Tetons and the Snake River through his photography, rather than simply offering a digital capture of it.
The work of Adams, and this photo in particular, have inspired many to pick up a camera and experiment with landscape photography for the first time. Others have even gone to the lengths of tracking down the locations used in his work in order to produce their own versions of it.
The nature of the American West ensures that it is impossible to capture the same location in precisely the conditions that Adams would have experienced, as nature and local weather have so many inter-connected variables.