Edward Weston 15S ShellMay 31st, 2012
While Edward Weston lived at Wildcat Hill, he frequently went to the Point Lobos State Park, located about 1 1/2 miles from our home. During this time period he photographed close up series of vegetables and shells. He borrowed the shells from a local painter, Henrietta Shore.
“A different kind of storm broke yesterday; one of wrath over a print included in my book,-’Shell and Rock- Arrangement.’ I am a good weather-prophet in matters of art, for I predicted this storm when I made my decision at the last moment to include it. From Bob Sanborn and Ramiel came the first protest. Ramiel did his best to prevent or dissuade me from using it; but to no avail. I would publish and I am glad that I did! The issue taken seems to be that it is a ‘stunt,’ theatrical, not true to nature; as Bob wrote:’-the greatness of your work Edward, is that you allow nature to talk her on language.’ Of course I went all through this controversy long ago,-with myself; despite all the logic I could bring to bear against the print, it held out and won”
From Edward Weston’s Day Books.
Also included in Edward Weston 125 Photographs by Steve Christ Ammo Books