EDWARD WESTON: Clouds, Trees, Water

Artist Feature, vol. 6

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Though Weston is mostly known for his still lifes of inanimate objects such as peppers and cabbage leaves, his landscapes explored the same subject of form that guided most of his work. Here, in Clouds, Trees, Water Weston captured the flora and scenery at Point Lobos,CA and the desert landscape of Oceano,CA.

If you look closely through his images you’ll note why Edward was a part of the f/64 group (which included legendary landscape photographer Ansel Adams). His images often employed the use of deep depth of field allowing for all planes of the images to be crisp and in focus (achieved through closing the aperture to f-stop 64). As in his still lifes, curves, cracks and shadows seem to bring the objects to life as Weston’s compositions create movement, contrast, and texture.

Perhaps intentionally, or not, you can start to see traces of human characteristics in these images. Limbs within clouds. Bodies within trunks. Faces within stones. You back up to recognize your imagination is playing with your sight but nonetheless clues suggesting anthropomorphism are in place. Now I wonder, did Weston see the same mirages and were they what drove him to take these photographs in the first place?

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Oak 1929, Edward Weston
Iceburg Lake 1937, Edward Weston
Iceburg Lake 1937, Edward Weston
Cypress Point Lobos 1929, Edward Weston
Cypress Point Lobos 1929, Edward Weston
Cypress Point Lobos 1930, Edward Weston
Cypress Point Lobos 1930, Edward Weston
Rain Over Modoc Lava Beds 1937, Edward Weston
Rain Over Modoc Lava Beds 1937, Edward Weston
White Sands 1946, Edward Weston
White Sands 1946, Edward Weston
Oceano 1936, Edward Weston
Oceano 1936, Edward Weston
Untitled Rock Formations, Edward Weston
Untitled Rock Formations, Edward Weston
Surf 1938, Edward Weston
Surf 1938, Edward Weston
Oregon Coast 1939, Edward Weston
Oregon Coast 1939, Edward Weston
Tracks in Sand, Edward Weston
Tracks in Sand, Edward Weston
White Dunes, Edward Weston
White Dunes, Edward Weston

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3 Comments

  1. thanks for stopping by the blog today! these are stunning images!

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    1. Thank you for coming by yourself! He was an amazing photographer, right?

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  2. Reblogged this on patricialmeek and commented:
    Edward Weston. One of the greats! Great blog here. Hope you enjoy!

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