Cat at Bodie House (2019)

Photo Post Jan 24, 2020
Cat at Bodie House #1 (2019) • (Model: Catalina Cruise)

These shots were taken at Bodie House, one of the buildings on Wildcat Hill in Carmel-By-The-Sea, the former home of the photographer Edward Weston. Bodie House, in particular, was built for Charis Wilson, Weston's second wife and the model for some of his most famous images.

The description "wife… and model" doesn't really do Charis justice, though. She was, among other things, quite a gifted writer. She almost certainly deserves at least some credit for Weston's enduring fame. She wrote his grant requests and ghost-wrote the text in many of his books.

Today, Wildcat Hill is still home to Westons, including Edward's grandson, Kim, and his great grandson Zach, both of whom are very talented photographers. Kim hosts workshops several times a year at Wildcat Hill, and these pictures are from one of them. Kim's workshops are a great experience with a lot of shooting time with great models in an environment that's just steeped in photographic history. Edward Weston's original darkroom is still there, mostly untouched, as are several buildings featured in some of his photographs.

I would be remiss if I didn't also mention Gina Weston who makes sure that all the strange photographers who invade her home several times a year feel like family. It was a great experience and I really can't recommend it highly enough.

The model in these shots is my friend Cat, who I actually met at this workshop. In one of those weird coincidences, Cat lives here in the Bay Area and is also one hell of a photographer.  She's good people. We've worked together several times and I often shoot at her studio up in Oakland.