PHOTOS BY ROBERT ADAMS There's a current exhibit at SF MOMA called California and the West. Many of Adams's photos stood out to me. In reading about Adams, I discovered that The Guardian's Sean O'Hagan described the subtext of his photos as "silence." That seems to capture so much about them. Do you hear that? Adams is in part so interesting (and moving) because he straddles two perspectives. He seems to appreciate the natural beauty of the regions he photographs while also documenting the changes that urban and industrial growth bring to that landscape. I think the lack of irony in his approach adds power to his work. What I mean by that is that his juxtapositions of the landscape and manscape seem authentic and not self conscious. I find him tuning me into something and not so much emphasizing or imposing an incongruity. He seems to maintain hope in recognizing the fragility of what he sees.