The relationship between Weston and Wilson helped form his vision of the naked female form as a photographic subject. During this time he worked with Cole, Brett, and Dody Thompson Brett's wife byto select and have them print a master set of what he considered his best work.
He began to experience the first symptoms of Parkinson's diseasea debilitating ailment that gradually stole his strength and his ability to photograph. Over the next twelve months they made seventeen trips and covered 16, miles according to Wilson's detailed log.
He decided to stay there and pursue a career in photography, but he soon realized he needed more professional training. Tina Reciting, He wrote: "A new love came into my life, a most beautiful one, one which will, I believe, stand the test of time.
At the Friends of Photography Gallery in Carmel, his trademark works, close-ups of seashells, the rocks and trees of Point Lobos, nudes, and sand dunes were shown. Weston returned to Chicago to attend the Illinois College of Photography, but soon returned to California to visit a sister living in a small town near Los Angeles.