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What I’m doing right now

My life is kinda crazy {in a good way}.  There’s a lot going on:

  1. I’m in school {it’s official…studying photography…more on that later}
  2. I work part-time as a hip hop dance instructor
  3. I’m working on various photography projects {getting organized…defining my style…editing and publishing photos}

It all sounds much simpler on paper. But it’s so not and it’s time consuming yet I’m doing what I love and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Had a really interesting class today about the early history of photography. Turns out photography was invented in the 1800’s. It was a dual discovery…two inventors announced their photographic inventions in the same year. Daguerre made his announcement first in France and William Talbot {once he heard about Daguerre} went ahead and announced his discovery as well, in England. The interesting thing {well it’s all really interesting, to me at least} is Daguerre’s discovery was not entirely his own, he was a businessman and artist who partnered with a scientist, Niepce {pronounced Nee – yips}.

Daguerre was a character…he kind of swindled Niepce in a way. Niepce apparently was an introverted, a bit naive, scientist. He stumbled onto his invention by experimenting with silver halide. He basically created the first recorded ‘negative’ but didn’t know what to do with this reverse image so he discarded this in favor of another process…the world’s first photograph was a heliograph. The exposed image was prone to fading when exposed to more sunlight. More chemistry was needed to ‘fix’ the image. Daguerre convinces Niepce to partner with him…Niepce passes away and Daguerre inherits all of his experiments and figures out how to fix an image using salt water. Niepce gets little /no credit for his contribution because they dubbed the new invention the ‘daguerreotype’ and it becomes a huge hit. Daguerre pens a booklet and sells lots of kits and creates a franchise. It’s a huge commercial success for Daguerre. Niepce however, died impoverished and never saw the results of his years of experimentation.

That’s half of the story. I think I will save Talbot for another day.

Happy Tuesday!