Ernst-Ulrich Schafer wrote:The lst book I purchased on a photographer back in the late 70's was Edward's Daybooks. I still have them in my library and recently re read volume 1.
The smiplicty of the image, a pepper (everyday found object) creates a wide range of emotions from the viewer.
Of course it has impact, that is the reason why it stops us in our tracks when viewing it.
Prints do differ. This one is in need of some serious spotting. I've heard that Ansel told Edward his prints have a green tone to them and I have to agree with this example. A more modern print printed by his son Cole
offers a complete different tonalty.
Form follows function.
I would love this image in my BW Collection. The last vintage print sold for $341,000, a print by Cole Weston can be had in the $15,000 range. To much for my pocket book.
I have not photographed peppers, however I have photograph pears.
His influence has been huge and that of his son Brett. There are times when I have them in my thoughts when seeing an image. Here is one from last Sat that had me thinking of Edward.
Oh, One of the lst things I learned from Edward Weston was about Composition: How strongly are you seeing what your looking at, the only rule I adhere too.
Thanks so much for weighing in, Ernst! Your door is striking, loaded with detail and texture thanks to that strong skimming sun. It is powerfully interesting, the sort of picture one can gaze at long and longingly.
Purely incidentally, I met Brett Weston several times. I was going to school and working the counter in a major photo supplier in Oakland, CA (Alpha Photo, now long defunct). Brett came in fairly often to buy supplies. At the time I think he was living in Carmel and primarily working on printing his and his father's negatives. He was unfailingly kind and gracious to a kid who hero-worshiped the Weston name. Also utterly incidentally, I've been doing a lot of scanning of prints owing to the negatives being long lost, and I notice that when scanning a print the dust is godawful. If you use some sort of built in dust mitigator it mitigates sharpness as well, so, yeah, that.