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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I had never before thought about the ways in which the growth of photography has affected the art of painting.

As Weston states, “Photography has or will eventually, negate much painting—for which the painter should be deeply grateful; relieving him, as it were, from certain public demands: Weston continues to explain how painters can always change their original pieces as they work, whether their minds change or they’re unhappy with their work and they can take as much time as needed on a painting. However, photographers must capture a moment in time that can’t be changed, which is why photographers must have the ability to see photographically.


As Weston discusses the technical aspects of photography and how some believe that “a straight photograph was purely the product of a machine and therefore not art,” I love how he compared this belief to musicians.

He says that perhaps sweing could come together and tell musicians that the sounds that they record and produce aren’t art because of the mechanics of their instruments. I thought this was a great comparison but it also made me think. Now a days, a lot of music is edited with the technology available.

For example, if a song sounds bad it can just be edited and if a singer doesn’t sound great westoh, they can lip sync.

In such cases, is the music considered art?

The same concept can also be applied to westom because every image can be edited with programs such as photoshop. 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.

Seeing Photographically- Edward Weston « Katie Wong Photography Blog

In addition to the above discussion, I also found Weston’s description about the two basic factors in the photographic process that set it apart from other graphic arts to be really enlightening. Before taking this course, I had never really thought photographicallly how intricate and detailed the process of taking a picture is. I simply used to take pictures for fun, without thought as to the “nature of the recording wewton and the nature of the image.


The same goes for the subject matter and the composition of the photograph in addition to the lighting, camera angles, focus, etc. Weston’s essay gave me an overall different perception of photography.

Prompt 2 – Edward Weston “Seeing Photographically”

I think I photographiaclly actually appreciate it more now that I have a greater understanding of the elements of photography and the abilities it takes to take a great picture. I hope that I can now start to implement the different things that I’ve been learning when I take pictures of my own.

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