According to Conger, it is believed that Weston made only thirteen prints of this image, as opposed to twenty-five of Pepper No. 30. She also notes that based on the many exhibitions and publications to include Pepper No. 35 it may have been his favorite of the series. In his Daybooks Weston comments, Those last new peppers! I actually have added to my former work with them, and am all set to go...First I printed ny favorite, the one made last Saturday, Aug. 2, just as the light was failing, - quickly made, but with a week's previous effort back of my immediate, unhesitating decision. A week? - Yes, on this certain pepper, - but twenty-eight years of effort, starting with a youth on a farm in Michigan, armed with a No. 2 Bull's Eye, 3½ x 3½, have gone into the making of this pepper, which I consider a peak of achievement.
It is a classic, completely satisfying, - a pepper - but more than a pepper: abstract, in that it is completely outside subject matter. It has no psychological attributes, no human emotions are aroused: this new pepper takes one beyond the world as we know in the conscious mind. (Daybooks II. California, p. 181)