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I’ve been doing a fair bit of research into the history of photography in between post-production for My Boy (which is going quite well if I say so myself). As a result, I think I will be shifting the era of my film next year from the 1880’s to around the 1850’s. The photography then interests me more.

I have finally gotten around to putting a name to this particular picture I have always been interested in:

Boulevard du Temple, Paris by Louis Daguerre 1839

Inadvertently, this early photograph by Louis Daguerre was the first photograph of a human being. The exposure time was so long that only the figure getting his boots polished was still enough to expose in the busy street. As exposure times decreased from a staggering 8 hours to 30 minutes and less, photography became a much more accessible medium. I cannot imagine living in a time to see the first photographs. It would surely have been mind-blowing.

It is my intention over the enormous break between uni, that I will follow and replicate the early processes of Daguerre and Joseph Nicéphore Niépce whilst writing, to gain a fuller understanding of how photography came to be. There is a sort of nostalgic pleasure that I have found this year working with film, so I am excited to take yet another step back to a more organic process. I shall eventually share the results. Stay tuned!

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