Friday afternoon I drove to the Wildcat Bridge in Carmel, parked the truck, and walked up the Weston driveway for a fabulous 2 day workshop on fine art nude photography with Kim Weston.
Saturday evening Kim made us dinner at his Grandfather's house. Huntington Witherill and Roman Loranc joined us for dinner.
Right off the dinning room is Ed's darkroom. It was a magical experience to stand there at his sink, holding his dodge and burning tools while Kim told a couple of us stories about Ed, Brett and Cole. And don't fall for the "pepper #30 in the press" gag. Kim accidentally pushes down on Ed's press and a print of a pepper 30 falls out to his faked surprise!
After dinner we all sat down as Huntington, Roman, and Kim showed us prints. All around me are family heirlooms, prints, furniture that belonged to Edward when he lived there.
Throughout the weekend Kim took us to his gallery after the day of shooting and showed us prints and negatives made by him and his famous family. Magical! When he brought out Ed's prints I almost died. One of my favorite prints from Point Lobos was shown.
Oh....and BTW, the models, the instruction and the shooting was beyond any expectation I might have had. I am going register again for next year.
I've been to a number of workshops in my time and have often been disappointed. This one was beyond compare. I am absolutely clueless when it comes to fine art nude photography but it was something I always wanted to do. What a fabulous way to get started. I was shooting with attendees who have been at it for 40 years! It was a great mix of people, hosts, guests and models. Film is the norm and digital was very, very welcome.
Kim is doing some unbelievable work and has a show coming up in Carmel at the Center for Photographic Art. He is painting prints and they are to die for!
I'm sure I will remember this workshop for a long, long time. I hope you guys don't mind me rambling about this. It was just so cool and my lovely wife could care less!
#1. "RE: Weston and Beyond" | In response to Reply # 0HBB Charter MemberMon 09-Apr-12 10:16 PM
Thanks for sharing your Weston experience.
I have been there twice now and agree with all your observations: It is a very worthwhile and challenging experience. In my personal view, the feminine form contains several families of curves found nowhere else in nature, and they all vary from model to model.
The models are always superb, and very willing to work with you. My last trip there, 2011, included a model who stood six-feet, two inches, without shoes ... simply stunning!
HBB in Phoenix, Arizona
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Photography is a journey with no conceivable destination.
#2. "RE: Weston and Beyond" | In response to Reply # 1Bluefin Registered since 14th Nov 2006Wed 11-Apr-12 01:30 PM
If I remember correctly, I first heard about this workshop from you. You had a post somewhere that mentioned the workshop. After reading your post I checked it out on the web and finally went!
Thanks for the heads up........Mark