Today is World Photography Day. I recently wrote in a blog that I am not particularly fond of celebrating such days, and yet I keep on blogging about them…yes, those who know me would know: I am full of contradictions.
So…I read somewhere that today is World Photography Day. And found out more about it here:
Founded in 2009 by Australian Photographer, Korske Ara, World Photo Day has taken over 7 years to grow into the global photography celebration it is today.
When World Photo Day first launched in 2010, just 250 people registered to participate in the global photography event. Determined to continue growing World Photo Day into an organisation that will impact the world for good, Korske sold his own camera kit to finance the project.
“I had to take a taste of my own medicine. I’ve often quipped that it’s the photographer that captures a great photo, not the camera. I went from shooting on a Canon 5D Mark II to shooting on my iPhone!” – Korske Ara
In 2016, World Photo Day reached a global social audience of 500 million people around the world, inspiring photographers around the world to share their stories.
Lets change the world together!
Behind The Date
The date behind World Photo Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic process developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre in 1837. On January 9, 1839, The French Academy of Sciences announced the daguerreotype process. A few months later, on August 19, 1839, the French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift “Free to the World.”
August 19th, 1839 was chosen as the date for World Photo Day based on the following historical merits:
• The Daguerreotype as the first practical photographic process.
• The purchase and release of the patent by the French government.
It should be noted that the Daguerreotype wasn’t in fact, the first permanent photographic image. In 1826, Nicèphore Nièpce captured the earliest known permanent photograph called ‘View from the Window at Le Gras’ using a process called Heliography.
There’s been countless innovators before and after this date that have made photography the accessible medium it is today. World Photo Day celebrates the passion encompassed by photography lovers all around the world, past and present.
I like Art, and thus I like Photography. But I (now) don’t feel the urge to capture each and every moment…only a select few…very few.
Use the camera in your eyes to capture the unseen divine!
Having said that, the memories captured by camera are beautiful. I was trying to get rid of burden of few such memories. I have managed to do so on 15th August (the Independence Day) to get over the burden…it was liberating! ☺️