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Trapped inside a what??? A Daguerreotype. Go ahead- google it. There are 525,000 results. You’ll learn a lot – but what you really need to know is that the Daguerreotype was the first successful photographic process and it’s discovery was announced in January 1839. Everything changed in the visual world from this discovery! But that’s another blog post for another time…

Perhaps you have seen a daguerreotype and just did not know it? Most folks have – a very famous one is the portrait of Abraham Lincoln.  

…but… I don’t want to get side tracked from the story I’d like to share with you today. I’d like to talk about an email from my college photography professor; Walter Johnson. He was sending me a link to a Daguerreotype web site that he is proud to be a member of.  When we were in college, Walter did make these Daguerreotype’s and even did demonstrations to show us this unique and complicated process. So when I was cruising through the web site he’d sent me too- I realized that he had captured me (and my fellow photo students, including Troy Plair on the left) in one of these Daguerreotypes! I had forgotten all about it…

 

 

Daguerreotype of the SouthEast Center for Photographic Studies Students © Walter Johnson

Daguerreotype of the SouthEast Center for Photographic Studies Students © Walter Johnson

Yup- that is me standing there – second guy in from the left side. Legs crossed leaning on the van… Looking cool in my sunglasses. But the cool part is this is a Daguerreotype. I personally feel photographers should learn a bit about them. See — There are a lot of processes out there to make images. And this my photo friends- is where it all began. I think it is important to realize and pay homage to the beginnings of photography. After all, it is a passion I share with so many folks. I have to give recognition to the creators of such an amazing invention. I’ve built my life around photography and here it is — the beginnings of a giant industry….

And I am trapped inside one.

And I am not looking for a way out, not even a little bit.