But don't let my flippancy get in the way of the serious point that I think Adams was making: namely that the appreciation of a photograph - or any work of art - involves an unspoken dialogue between the artist and the viewer. Moreover, the experience of appreciation will be determined by what each party offers to the process - that's why we all see things differently.
In this photograph of the Orangery (now Butterfly House) seen from the Ashton Memorial in Williamson Park, Lancaster, I spent quite a time waiting for those two people to appear and break the symmetry of the scene. Now don't get me wrong, I like symmetry: but sometimes it can be boring if it isn't overlaid with something that disrupts it. Furthermore, I felt the view needed a focus in the foreground to counterbalance the dominating presence of the building.
Nevertheless, I guess some of you will see the people as irritants, unwelcome guests that throw the photograph out of balance. That's the thing about art (and I don't claim that this photograph is great art!): the unspoken dialogue that it prompts is different in every instance. And when it's shared with someone else it can leave us a little wiser.
photograph & text (c) T. Boughen