The vintage photograph of the day is titled Shell by master Edward Weston and it was shot 83 years ago in 1927. Weston was well known for capturing everyday objects in unique ways and many of his everyday inanimate objects take on human body positions and gestures. Pepper No. 30 is another extremely famous Weston photo that also looks human.
One of the things that makes this photograph fabulous is the ‘gesture’ of the shell. It looks like it’s engaged in resting and normally shells aren’t ‘engaged’ in anything because they are dead. This shell however does not look dead, it looks sexy. The sharpness, composition and lighting are also superb here. Just as an FYI, Weston shot many different shells and they all tell different stories.