Lynn Savage, firstname.lastname@example.org
From manufacturers’ production lines to cell biology labs to
astronomical observatories and everywhere in between, imaging technology allows
us to deeply explore the universe around us. But no matter what equipment you use
or what target you point at, the images you acquire certainly will offer more than
you might ever expect. The photos on this page offer further proof.
The top image was taken by Louis J.M. Daguerre, creator of the
photographic process now known as daguerreotype. Because each photographic exposure
required minutes to accomplish, the street scenes captured by Daguerre seemed devoid
of people and carriages – they simply smeared themselves out of history. Nonetheless,
in this 1838 scene from slightly above Boulevard du Temple in Paris, one gentleman
paused long enough to get his shoes polished, making him and the shoeshine boy likely
the first people ever recorded thusly.
The bottom image came 10 years later and is part of a set of eight
daguerreotypes comprising a panoramic view of Cincinnati as seen from Kentucky across
the Ohio River. Produced by William S. Porter, possibly assisted by Charles Fontayne,
the photos have earned warm regard as an early example of how the art of photography
could reveal the specialness of a place. It currently is held by the Public Library
of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, which permitted researchers at the University
of Rochester and the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography Conservation
Laboratory in New York to examine the images under the microscope.
Although their investigations have advanced how early photographs
can be analyzed, the researchers also found the images of two men buried more discreetly
than Waldo. The figures would not have known they were being photographed, but neither
could they be recognized until the high-powered microscope revealed them.
So, whether you take aim at a tiny cell or a giant star, be sure
to take note of everything else your camera captures!