Edward Weston
[Photographer, b. 1886, Highland Park, Illinois, d. 1958, Wildcat Hill, California.]

 With over twenty years experience, I never try to plan in advance. Though I may from experience know about what I can do with a certain subject... I start out with my mind as free from an image as the silver film on which I am to record, and I hope as sensitive. Then indeed putting one’s head under the focusing cloth is a thrill... one becomes a discoverer, seeing a new world through the lens. 
 I don’t give a tinker’s damn about being true to nature. 
 She bent over forward until her body was flat against her legs. I made a view of her swelling buttocks which tapered to the ankles like an inverted vase, her arms forming handles at the base. Of course it is a thing I can never show to a mixed crowd. I would be considered indecent. How sad when my only thought was the exquisite form. (On his 1928 photo of Fay Fuquay) 
 Very often people looking at my pictures say, “You must have had to wait a long time to get that cloud just right (or that shadow, or the light).” As a matter of fact, I almost never wait, that is, unless I can see that the thing will be right in a few minutes. But if I must wait an hour for the shadow to move, or the light to change, or the cow to graze in the other direction, then I put up my camera and go on, knowing that I am likely to find three subjects just as good in the same hour. 
 Photography to the amateur is recreation, to the professional it is work, and hard work too, no matter how pleasurable it may be. 
 Photography is of today. It is a marvelous extension of our own vision; it sees more than the eye sees. (1926) 
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