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The Latticed Window

By AllistairK
As you will know, the first recorded photograph was taken by Joseph Niépce in France in 1826. Later, he formed a partnership with Louis Daguerre however, Niépce died in 1833 and Daguerre subsequently announced his Daguerrotype in 1839. These contain quite a bit of detail and are on silver plate. Following much research by a number of people, another innovative process brought about more great change.

On a warm and sunny afternoon in August 1835, William Henry Fox Talbot stood in the long room facing the inside of this window at Lacock Abbey in the south west of England and placed his small wooden box, fitted with a lens and containing a small piece of sensitised paper on top of a fireplace which faced the window. A long exposure resulted in a paper negative from which a positive print could be made. Thus was born the negative/positive process which evolved into photographic film which introduced many of us to photography.

He didn’t announce his process until 1839 which, among other things, earned this already pre-eminent figure in the world of science a severe ticking off from his mother ! She too was an impressive individual but that’s another story which I'll leave you to research :~}

Tags: Window Architecture History Lacock abbey

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11 Jun 2019 10:05AM
Beautiful mono work!


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Minty805 Plus
3 22 5 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2019 10:35AM
Cracking shot, beautifully processed - and a good read.
Chinga Plus
8 3 1 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2019 11:22AM
Excellent image, good architecture and write up.
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12 1.5k 2060 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2019 12:07PM
Iconic, an nice to see it from the outside.
11 Jun 2019 9:44PM
Beautiful toning and texture, very well presented.


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