Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Wonder of Photographs


Photos of our family and friends are so easy to come by that we often don't appreciate them.  But listen to what Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote about daguerreotypes, the precursor to photographs:

"My dearest Miss Mitford do you know anything about that wonderful invention of the day, called the Daguerrotype? [sic]...Think of a man sitting down in the sun and leaving his facsimile in all its full completion of outline and shadow, stedfast on a plate at the end of a minute and a half!...The fact of the very shadow of the person lying there fixed for ever!...I would rather have such a memorial of one I dearly loved, than the noblest Artist's work ever produced."

My grandpa with his mother, the same one as the girl above

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