Seeing Photographically- Edward Weston. The author spends a lot of time explaining just how different and unique photography is. Edward Weston begins his essay by stating that all art forms have their limitations imposed on them by their tools, materials or the processes. I read Edward Weston’s “Seeing Photographically” essay years ago. But I only came to grasp its meaning this year as I was taking a digital.

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He also talks about the possibility of error and changes in a photograph through the development processes. The reading explains that photography is unique because although the brightness of a photo during development, it is an instant capturing of a moment that cannot be changed such as a sculpture.

A good photographer will push boundaries and will wexton be pushing against societal norms. You can always continue to create and play with different techniques and refine your skills.

Prompt 2 – Edward Weston “Seeing Photographically”

I am a drawing and painting major, so most of my process when creating a piece involves working with my hands to make everything look good. One thing that I found interesting in this reading was distinction between painting, sculpture, or architecture; and photography. It was not until a little later that people realized that this was a new tool that could be used all on its own. One day while presenting blurry images in a PowerPoint, I realized that I needed to upgrade my camera and learn how to take photographs of outdoor art and landscapes that actually conveyed the work and experience of being in those spaces.

I feel that Weston is being far too one sided in his argument and the essay has been written at a time when Group f64 were trying set themselves up in opposition to the Pictorialists; it is, perhaps, a dig at them. Newer Post Older Post Home. That is why I believe photography is still art, and why I believe Weston thinks it is an art form as well. You photograohically commenting using your Facebook account.

The reading focused on photography and how phtographically methods and results differ from that of painting.

Pointing at an object and mindlessly clicking a button is easily accomplished by many. Unlike the sewing, where as the sculptor, architect, and the composer all have the possibilities of making changes or additions to their work.


May 8, at 4: Deward says it can not be taught because, like all creative effort, it is a matter of personal growth. Email required Address never made public. I’m not saying that music and photography isn’t art, but it just made me things of all the ways in which the original piece can be edited. When this tension is destroyed wewton things such as the enlargement process, the integrity of the photograph is destroyed. September 19, at 2: The idea that a camera simply provides a canvas in order for something more to be created is intriguing and explains his stylings more.

Notify me of new comments via email. I believe that this is especially relevant for someone like myself photographiczlly is learning photography for the first time. Although it is true that photographers cannot control the results other than the light, shadow, and contrastphotographs do not come out naturally good.

Nature of the Recording Process. Although with photography, the camera captures the image in a split second, and the artwork is instantly finished. Either way, the principles are always locked photograohically — experimentation in all of them, I think, is absolutely important to mastering the art of photography.

Of course, the image only has great clarity if it is sharp and it may not be so, either by accident or design; also colour is the more common form of photography in the 21st century.

It is these photographs that stand with the best contemporary work of the time. I paid closer attention to the sculpture as seeig multidimensional work and I noticed more details of the individual figures.

However, Weston also hinted that photographers should not follow the rules of composition so closely or else the image might not look very natural.

His home is filled with art of every kind ranging from painted flower pots to massive silver gelatin prints, and he even has an entire room filled with paintings from the bottom floor reaching to the ceiling. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: As the process is instantaneous and the eward of the image is unable to survive manipulation as done by wwston painterly exponents then ” it is obvious that the finished print must be created in full before the film is exposed”.


Weston suggests that there is no distinct line between what constitutes a suitable subject for photography and for the other arts but he argues that the painter-photographers chose subjects that would never have been suitable for the medium. Because no single photo can ever capture the whole truth. Meaning, learning to see his subject matter in terms of the capacities of his tools and processes. Weston says that the art that comes from photography is the mastery of the camera and the visualization of what you will do before you actually take the picture.

By sticking with one method of photography and artist can get really good at capturing the subject just as they want to. I believe that a truly great wsston is one who has mastered the ability to visualize what the subject looks like through the lens, and thoughtfully executing on that vision.

The second of the two: An element in mastering the art is by not letting the media control you, but by you controlling the media.

Further, into the topic of images, a composition is an essential part of the subject; a good composition that is.

Prompt 2 – Edward Weston “Seeing Photographically” | LMU Art Photography

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Weston’s essay gave me an overall different perception of photography. To me it serves as a reminder that even though paintings seem to elevate rather than imitate life, life is full of moments that seemingly elevate themselves.

I also found it interesting how Weston explained just how different and unique photography is compared to other forms of art. Edward Weston was pushing limits past the average photograph, and this must be why his artwork is widely appreciated. This process has definitely gotten easier as I continue to shoot. Artstuffmatters focuses on public culture in the arts- public art, photography, landscapes, museums, and more.