I love reading quotes from Edward Weston. He would do well in the age digital age.
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. – Edward Weston
Edward Weston was known largely as a portrait photographer. He was friends with Ansel Adams and was part of the Group f/64. You can learn more about him here.
I have been photographing our toilet, that glossy enameled receptacle of extraordinary beauty. Here was every sensuous curve of the “human figure divine” but minus the imperfections. Never did the Greeks reach a more significant consummation to their culture, and it somehow reminded me, in the glory of its chaste convulsions and in its swelling, sweeping, forward movement of finely progressing contours, of the Victory of Samothrace – Edward Weston
Besides being a witty quote, this quote from Edward Weston really reveals part of how he goes about trying to compose and image that brings out beauty in his subject no matter how mundane it is.
photo by Edward Weston