…what a valuable way of recording just such passing moments is the camera! And I certainly would be the first to grasp the opportunity, if I were ready at the time! I cannot, never have been bound by any theory or doctrine, not even my own. Anything that excites me, for any reason, I will photograph: not searching for unusual subject matter, but making the commonplace unusual, nor indulging in extraordinary technique to attract attention. Work only when desire to the point of necessity impels, –then do it honestly. Then so called “composition” becomes a personal thing to be developed along with technique as a personal way of seeing. So composition cannot be taught. Rules of composition are theories deducted by the disciples of some master who without thought of how or why, recorded his own intense observations in his own way. Others then copy and set to formulae.
From the Daybooks of Edward Weston, Two Volumes in One, Mexico & California, page 155.