Light, Vision and Story – A Post about Award-Winning Photographer Kurt Weston
Kurt Weston is a photographer based in Orange County, California. I became aware of his work back in 2004-2005, thanks to a call for submissions posted in a writing newsletter I was subscribed to at the time. Apparently, they were looking for photography and writing submissions to the Unfinished Works contest–selected works and winning entries later became part of a book with the same name, Unfinished Works. I do have a copy of that book, myself.
And so, when I noticed the Unfinished Works contest, I ended up checking it out. That’s how I discovered one of Kurt Weston’s images, The Last Light, a winning image from previous years. Looking at that image, I knew that I had to find out more about the photographer. That’s how I ended up browsing through his website, looking at stunning, riveting black-and-white portraits. I bookmarked his website and, later on, I ended up interviewing Weston for A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine. The article was published in A&U’s November 2005 issue. (In 2006, Weston’s work was featured at The AIDS Museum, excerpts from the article was then reposted on The AIDS Museum website)
Over the following years I became more and more in awe of Weston’s work, interviewed him several times, and even wrote a book about him and his work–a biography called Journeys Through Darkness which includes and talks in depth about some of his images as well as his journeys through the darkness of the AIDS and of related blindness.
In 2012, Weston won the CNN iReport Award (Personal Story). And again, I had the opportunity to travel to Atlanta, to be his guest at the award ceremony. While in Atlanta, Fredericka Whitfield also interviewed Kurt Weston on CNN.
What’s next for Kurt Weston and his photography work? Years ago, when I interviewed him for the book, he shared his thoughts on our goals and our journeys through life, in an attempt to reach those goals. I’ll share that particular excerpt from Journeys Through Darkness here:
“Sometimes, life’s goals change and so do individuals’ journeys through life. For Kurt Weston, creating visual art will always be an ongoing, life-long process. It will continue to expand and change and show itself in different ways. Ultimately, it will remain inspirational and transforming.”