Charis Weston

Charis Weston, by Edward Weston 1937

Not what some might call
a beauty at all
but she is woman and
(by default)
therefore, is.

No mistaking her feminine
even in that garb
but it was too cool for nudes
on the beach this day
so, he shot her with his camera
boots ‘n’ all.


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*Photography of Edward Weston Apparently, she herself didn’t consider herself a beauty. Edward met and married Charis (pronounced Karris) when she was just 16 and he was 45. She was photographed by him many times over their 11 year marriage, both dressed and in fine art nudes. She died in 2009 aged 95

Shared with Magpie Tales #142 Photography of Edward Weston.
Poetry Pantry #122

Author: Daydreamer

I live on a beautiful island in Atlantic Canada.

34 thoughts on “Charis Weston”

  1. I just looked them up…. thanks. The age gap (he looked older than 45) is a put off for me, but he did take lovely nudes of her. But… 16 hmm.

  2. Of all of his work, you make a very good choice. ANd the poem, so matter of factly calls out her beauty–as direct and frank as her position in front of the camera.

  3. Something in her face just speaks to her inner charm. I actually watched a video clip of her in later years…oh my just before she died, certainly not one for the nude shots then, but what a wonderful woman she truly was. Now as for Weston himself…hmmm now there’s something to try and describe!

  4. I have always enjoyed his work…have some of this photos!! Fabulous photographer and his biography is something else. Well said….!!

  5. I love the stories in your poems! And the expression of her face, he was an excellent photographer, and she definitely was a beauty and you wrote a great poem to match 🙂

  6. Define beauty, it is inside as well as outside to understand the physical and the mental, only then will you see true beauty, a beautiful write Daydreamertoo

  7. Loved this…our museum (Nevada Museum of Art) features a lot of Edward Weston photo. I was a docent there till this year. Amazing photo, this one.

  8. I love your poem Bren and the honesty reflected in your words. It’s a moment in time, much like the photograph. Thanks for sharing. =D

  9. Thanks for the background. I saw the photo at The Mag and have been trying to figure it into a poem. You did a great job of it.

    The first thing that struck me about the pose is the spread.

  10. Saw the story of Weston and this mysterious woman on the Documentary channel and was quite drawn in. Even at the end of his life when he was very ill and they were no longer together she, herself, remained drawn to him. Wonderful write.

  11. I actually like that picture. For 1937, I don’t think it is so usual to see a woman out in long pants (rather than a dress) and high boots! Nice poem, Bren.

  12. “She is woman and (by default) therefore, is.”
    Depends on what your definition of “is” is. 🙂

  13. I’ve taken the opportunity this morning to read up on photographer and his lovely subject … kind of fascinating. Great Mag!!!

  14. wow, she had a long life….i think beauty can be fully clothed or otherwise, and def not always just the looks as well…smiles…interesting story behind this one bren

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