Edward Weston: The Photographer (1948)


"The lens is the camera’s eye, and like the human eye it enables us to be selective. To pick out the sections of a total scene on which we wish to concentrate.


And what are those sections? The ones that please us.


Why does this form interest the artist, or that one? No one knows, not even the artist.


The forms, the lines, the shapes that affect Weston’s feelings often reappear in pictures of widely different subject matter. The reasons why we like things are often very deep below our conscious minds stemming perhaps from some long forgotten experience in our childhood. Or answering a need that we ourselves do not know we have.


That’s why in looking at Weston’s photographs it’s often interesting to forget what they’re about. To ask not what is this a picture of, but what does this shape remind me of? How does it make me feel?


For Weston is not only telling us what a particular rock, or a flower, or a bird looks like but also what it means to him. If we do not catch his feeling, most of his message is lost."

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