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    Edward Weston Nude #62 (dancer's Knees)

    THIS PHOTO

    I was privileged to see this photograph at MOPA (san diego) several months ago, and it just had a deep impact on me. I've seen a few (very few) of weston's other prints, but this one is just astounding, and i've never seen another like it.

    1. It looks like a charcoal drawing
    2. a second look... the color almost looks like 'matte silver powder'
    3. It really does look like SILVER...


    i've looked online, the one thing that stands out, is a possibly long exposure (several minutes upwards of 5?)...

    Thanks, any details are helpful.

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    Its a solarized image, where the print was briefly exposed to light during development.
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    Andrew are you sure about that? It was always one of my favorite images and in all my EW reading I have never seen reference to solarizing. I wonder if you can remember where you read that. I always thought it was just rim lighting.
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    it is where I got the idea for lighting this...
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    I believe it is axis light. Ansel Adams has a couple of examples in his "Natural Light Photography".

    Alan

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    well, okay, the lighting explains the dark rim around the figure...
    what about the powdery (charcoal look) that when looked at in real life, almost has a 'shimmer' (if you can say that).

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    It most certainly isn't solarised. The light source is simply a little above the lens and closer than the front of the lens. I have spent a lot of time in studios in my life, so it is easy to see. I find it rather interesting as a lighting technique. I have used it myself.

    The shimmer could be from a platinum print or the silver papers from the time. Off the top of my head, I can't remember when he switched from platinum to bromide (matte then to glossy). I remember that he was still using platinum paper when he was in Mexico. Old materials were silver rich as well. A lot of his prints, as well as others from the period, had a great deal of depth to them that is nearly impossible to replicate today. Any chance you get to see his prints don't pass it up. I saw a show at LACMA years ago and I spent a few hours just walking around the gallery looking at his work. It is easy to see in person why he is a master.

    If you are a member of MOPA they will probably show you other Weston's if you ask. I have seen quite a few famous images up close without glass and from my experience, if you get the chance, it will change the way you look at photographs, let me tell you....

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    Probably I will never see real print in my life , is there a poster or replication of this print ? I am talking about cheap replication , they can be powerful , I have a gull drawing replication from Van Hogh and a Monet and Da Vinci and I am having great time with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Davenport View Post
    I believe it is axis light. Ansel Adams has a couple of examples in his "Natural Light Photography".

    Alan
    I believe you are totally correct!
    Everytime I find a film or paper that I like, they discontinue it. - Paul Strand - Aperture monograph on Strand

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    looks like ringflash

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