Edward Weston first took hist sons, Chandler and Brett, to visit Oceano Dunes in 1916. The wavy lines and undulating forms undoubtedly made an impression on all of them, but it was not until 1936 that Edward Weston would really study them. Brett and Chandler Weston were enthusiastic about the dunes, and in fact opened a studio in Santa Maria, close by.
We would not have Oceano Dunes today, were it not for the efforts of Ansel Adams and the Sierra Club. In the early 1960's, a nuclear power plant was going to be build there, but Adams rallied to the cause.
When you go to Oceano Dunes, you can't help but feel the history beneath your feet. You know you can't photograph them as well as Weston or Adams, but the experience is worth it.