Jamie Salazar Profiles Edward Weston
Where do you even begin when trying to speak about one of the most influential photographers of our time.
Edward Weston had a way of shooting which, not only uses the light to create a viewpoint where the eye can see this amazing, almost structural elegance from everyday items, like cabbage leaves and sea shells. The organic shapes and textures, with the light play almost tells your mind that you are looking at a human form, but when you take a closer look it is just everyday items.
His perspective on the world around us was magnificent and he was far ahead of his time. He also created a love in his youngest son Cole to follow in his father’s footsteps. These highly narrative and honest works of photography are not only a catalysis for discussion and thought, but also the first of their kind.
The true value in his works come from the quality of the perspective as well as his use of contrast and light. The works which do not involve people are still very much like portraits to me, the way the subjects are the true focus of the work, and the way all of the same great care and consideration for lighting and placement and depth are all reasons that make these works so special.