Why take photographs?

This is My first blog post so I’ll go hard :)

 

Photography is an immediate reaction, using light and time to reproduce a moment, as it is perceived. This is what makes photography one of the most important methods of documentation of people, events, and FEELINGS!

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For Me, one of most beautiful inspirational stories about photography comes from a young boy who had a father scientist.

Back in 1802, on a night like this, the astronomer William Herschel strolled the beach on the English coast, with his son John. Herschel was the first person ever to see into the deeper waters of the cosmic ocean. There he glimpsed the magic trick that light does with time. Father do you believe in ghosts? Why, yes, my son! You, you do? I would not have thought so. Oh, no, not in the human kind of ghost. No not at all. But look up, my boy, and see a sky full of them. The stars, Father? I do not follow.

Every star is a sun as big, as bright as our own. Just imagine how far away from us you’d have to move the Sun to make it appear as small and faint as a star. The light from the stars travels very fast faster than anything but not infinitely fast. It takes time for their light to reach us. For the nearest ones, it takes years. For others, centuries. Some stars are so far away, it takes eons for their light to get to Earth. By the time the light from some stars gets here, they are already dead.

After his father died, John often reminisced about those summer nights with him. Maybe that’s why he sought a way to preserve the past. John Herschel was one of the founders of a new form of time travel, a means to capture light and memories. He actually coined a word for it, photography. When you think about it, photography is a form of time travel.

Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey (2014) “A Sky Full of Ghosts”

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