terça-feira, 11 de fevereiro de 2014

The first photo/ A primeira fotografia



“Centuries of advances in chemistry and optics, including the invention of the camera obscura, set the stage for the world’s first photograph. In 1826, French scientist Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, took that photograph, titled View from the Window at Le Gras, at his family’s country home. Niépce produced his photo—a view of a courtyard and outbuildings seen from the house’s upstairs window—by exposing a bitumen-coated plate in a camera obscura for several hours on his windowsill.”  - National Geographic  


I have assigned to a course in animation cinema and I had my first class last Tuesday. In the beginning we’ve talked a little about the general concept of capturing pictures. I have never questioned myself about the first photograph ever taken (and  I still cannot believe this). Joseph Nicéphore Niépce took the concept of the camera obscura and turned it into a permanent way of capturing an image using a chemical process that reminded me of some concepts I’ve learnt in university. This was one of those simple things that turned into something great and originated the way of capturing images we use every day. And all this in less than 200 years.  



Inscrevi-me num curso de cinema de animação e tive a primeira aula na quinta-feira passada. No início falámos de tudo, inclusive do princípio da captação de imagem. Nunca me tinha perguntado (nem sei como) como terá sido a primeira fotografia alguma vez tirada. Joseph Nicéphore Niépce pegou no conceito da câmara obscura e torno-o capaz de permanentemente realizar uma imagem que ficaria para a posterioridade através de um processo químico que me fez relembrar alguns conceitos que aprendi na faculdade. Esta foi daquelas coisas simples que tornaram um pequeno passo num grande e que deram origem à captação de imagem que utilizamos todos os dias. E isto tudo em menos de 200 anos.



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