Wednesday, August 19, 2009

International Day of Photography

Photography is not just about pointing and pressing the button. It’s a decision making process. But is also a plain fun and it helps you look much more carefully at the world around.

The word Photography comes from the ancient greek word: Photo, for “light”, and Graph, for “drawing”. “DRAWING WITH LIGHT” is a way of describing photography.

Man has been a maker of images at least since the cave paintings of some 20.000 years ago. With the invention of Photography, a image that would have taken a skilled artist hours or even days to draw could now be recorded in exact detail with a fraction of a second.

In the early 19th century (1827), Joseph-Nicephore Niepce of France (Europe), made the world’s first surviving photograph from the window of is house.

Most of photographs taken today are snapshots – casual records to document personal events such as holidays, birthdays and ceremonies.

Photographs are aslo used in newspappers, magazines, books and television to deliver information and advertise products and services.

Today Photography is reconized as a form of art. Photographs are displayed in museums and studied in Art History Universities.

The Camera is a lifeless piece of equipment until a person uses it. It becames a extension of the photographer’s eye and mind.

Photo by Maria Almeida