“Anything that excites me for any reason, I will photograph; not searching for unusual subject matter, but making the commonplace unusual.” -Edward Weston
Renowned photographer, Edward Weston, was one of the masters of 20th century photography. His photography influenced photographers around the world. In 1930, Weston, a friend and contemporary of Ansel Adams, was actively pursuing the photography he loved the most, photographing nudes. Later, Weston’s love for the human form inspired photography of a new subject…….. vegetables!
A few years back I planted a Hibiscus in our backyard. Most Hibiscus available at local nurseries are annuals because they are tropical plants. I found a perennial Hibiscus, “Lord Baltimore.” It has been wonderful! Lord Baltimore has grown to span an area about eight feet by ten feet and reaches about seven feet tall. It begins blooming mid-summer and blooms for a month or so. Now the bad news. Each bloom is about ten inches in diameter and only lasts about a day.
My hibiscus is the most photographed plant…ever! I trot out to the backyard almost daily to see if there is some angle that will yield an award-winning photo of this treasure. The blooms come and go so frequently and the blooms face every direction, making it difficult to create an image with at least a sense of composition. Having edited the stored images of my prized possession, I have created a collection of hibiscus photos in memory of Edward Weston and his “nudes.”
My collection totals over 28 numbered images. The number of Hibiscus photos is more than one hundred.