|Cabbage Leaf (1931) by Edward Weston|
|Homage to Weston's 'Cabbage Leaf' by Tara Craigon|
This cabbage leaf is typical of Weston's vision, and typically beautiful. Isolated against a black background, it is the universal principle of ceaseless flux in nature in which Weston believed. I love the way he transformed this seemingly humble object. I feel this image is strong beacause at first glance, the viewer is not exactly sure of what they are looking at. Could it be flowing lava, the undulating grain of a desiccated cypress tree, seaweed writhing in the surf, the hair of his lover and muse or an aerial view of a landscape? The beautiful range of tones and richness and depth of texture is incredible.
Originally, this image was shot with black and white film and produced as a silver gelatin print. The richness and texture was difficult to emulate using the digital format. I perhaps purchased a different type of cabbage than he originally used as well. However, I do like the composition and increased amount of lines, shapes and texture in my version. The quality and direction of light is close but not exact. I often prefer to get even closer to a subject to abstract and transform so I have also attached three other images from the series.