We take so many photos for so many reasons, but World Photography Day reminds us that this art of taking photos didn’t just start 50 years ago; it began over a century ago.
Did you know that the very first selfie ever taken was in 1939? I knew you would doubt me.
The year was 1839 when American photo enthusiast Robert Cornelius clicked what would be the world’s first selfie. I read that he had set up his camera, and clicked the image by removing the lens cap, after which he paced into the frame.
Robert wrote these words at the back of the photo, “The first light Picture ever taken 1839”. Obviously, at that time he had no clue that it would be referred to as a “selfie” in the future.
Selfies and mobile photography have dominated the style of photos we take today. But it’s not just about the selfies. We all have an intrinsic element of photography within us.
I kid you not. Take a quick look at your Instagram page – I bet it’s not just about the selfies but also about some beautiful landscapes, cheesy shots with dramatic backgrounds, shots of yummy food and some of those #followmeto shots.
But how well do we know the significance of this special day; World Photography Day?
World Photography Day is celebrated for people around the world to share and communicate their passion, feelings and express themselves through the art of photography.
The whole idea of World Photography Day is for the global community to discuss this special form of art and inspire others to pursue the same; either as a hobby or a career.
World Photography Day is also an annual platform to appreciate photographers who have upped their game over the past 12 months, and it is an encouragement for them to work even harder, and to be more creative.
Where it all started
In 1837, Frenchmen Lois Daguerre and Joseph Nicephore Niepce invented the Daguerrotype, a photographic process and on January 9, 1839, the French Academy of Sciences announced a report on the Daguerreotype. 10 days later, the French government got the patents and marked this invention a gift to the world, without any copyright. How nice!
A reminder on World Photography Day
As we celebrate this day, I would like to make a call to action yet again:
a call to head out of our bedrooms, to tell our stories with any equipment that has a camera and choose the best spots for, even by just looking around areas in our own cities,
a call to click photos, share them on social media,
a call to take photography courses and keep improving!
Happy World Photography Day!
Here are a few photos to bless your day, and you can click to read my interview with a friend of mine Pamela from the Chimpreports, on 5 tips for better travel or safari photography.
You can also check out more of my photos on the NatGeo site