Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Weston Beach in the Point Lobos Reserve named in memory of photographer Edward Weston

Weston Beach, south shore in Point Lobos Reserve
Weston Beach in the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is an inspiring place for family fun activities as well as for exploring intertidal biology and aspects of California geology. Maybe you did come here to take pictures on some of your precious days by the shore. Edward Weston did so for 20 years.

Edward Henry Weston (1886-1958) photographed life, forms and textures around Point Lobos. After him, Weston Beach is named since the United States Board on Geographic Names made this name official in October 1979. Nobody less than the American environmentalist and photographer Ansel Easton Adams (1902-1984) had proposed that this small pebble beach be named in Weston's memory. Adams said that this beach “is sort of synonymous with him” [1].

Edward Weston was born on March 24, 1886, in Highland Park, Illinois, and died on January 1, 1958, in Carmel—just a few miles north of what is now the Point Lobos Reserve. Weston's photography work ranges from natural forms and landscapes to portraits, nudes and close-ups, created in Mexico and California [2,3]. Weston was inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum in 1984 [4].

Spontaneous rock art, found at Weston Beach (January 25, 2015)

References and more to explore
[1] How did Weston Beach get its name? Section in the Brochure Weston Beach Tide Pools by Mary Conway, Melissa Gobell and Marie Murphy. California State Parks, Monterey District, 2211 Garden Road, Monterey, CA 93940, USA
[2] Edward Weston Biography [www.biography.com/people/edward-weston-9528521#synopsis].
[3] Encyclopaedia Britannica: Edward Weston. American photographer [www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/641137/Edward-Weston].
[4] International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum: Edward Weston [www.iphf.org/hall-of-fame/edward-weston/].