Monday, June 1, 2009
Edward Weston was an American photographer and co-founder of Group f/64. In 1902 on Edward’s 16th birthday, he received his first camera and immediately started taking pictures of the nearby Chicago parks and his aunt’s farm. He attended the Illinois College of Photography and soon after in 1910 opened his own photographic studio and worked on his many famous and influential pieces of art. He is most known for his photographs that have images with sharp and precise demonstration like seashells, plants, the human figure you see in his photograph he took. In this particular photo, I feel the mood is very gentle and graceful, yet sharp and precise. My initial reaction to it was how beautifully graceful and poetic Weston made this women appear. It’s almost mesmerizing. He used an f/64 aperture setting on his camera to secure a great depth of field, yet make an evenly sharp appearance. To me, this photograph tells of of different way to look at the human body, or anything at that matter. Weston had a peculiar, yet astonishing way to make the viewers of his work think differently about the subject of his photographs. At the time of Weston’s career, pictorialist soft-edged methods were in fashion, but Weston and his f/64 colleagues went a different way with their detailed and straight photography.