In this age of ‘Everybody’s an Artist‘, it’s nice and refreshing to reflect on images coming from the age where there was no Adobe Photoshop, no Lightroom or Aperture computer programs to enhance your photographs. The photography of Edward Weston beckons to a time where computers were non-existant. Photographers produced their images with chemicals in the dark room, not a fancy computer screen. If there was a dark area of the image that needed to be lightened, a hand-made dodging device was usually used in the dark room to perform this task. The ‘Dust and Scratches’ filter in Photoshop didn’t exist, instead a spotting brush was used on the final print to manually retouch an image of it’s imperfections.
Edward Weston was a contemporary of Ansel Adams and was also part of the famed Group f/64 in the 1930s. He was born in 1886 in Chicago and photographed mainly in California and Mexico. Having seen his work personally, I can attest to the power of his imagery and would like to take this opportunity to point others to his body of work that is simply amazing, to say the least!
Chris J. Politzki
Studio 119 Degrees