Many people just say: “writing with the light”.
My opinion is a bit different: I would say that “Photography” is just a way to express ourselves. It’s a language, something that we use to let people around us understand what is going on in our minds.
Even when you just shoot an event, something that its there and you cannot modify, you just “frame” it and with this simple action you can change the world around you, as you see it inside your mind.
Photography it means “Choice“, you choose your stile, your topics, your subjects, your compositions. It’s you inside that, and you show yourself to the world.
As one day Henri Cartier-Bresson said: “Observe there, where other can only see”. This is what for me means to photograph.
® Henri Cartier Bresson / Magnum
Now just few Photography History notes:
The Etimology of the word Photography is from the Old Greek “photos” (light) and the word “graphé” (drawing), as everybody of us already know.
What is funny to know is that many people around the world arrive at the same concept almost at the same time: Brasíl, Germany and England. Several inventors, scientists and artist tried to capture the light inside a box and fix this “image” on some materials.
Already Leonardo da Vinci in one of his famous books in the 1515 writes about this technics to draw panorama inside a “Camera Obscura” (dark room). This technic was use very often from many painters at that time.
Going on with several studies many scientists try different ways to capture light, but the most successful was Mr Daguerre that used as essential element a silver plated surface sensitized by iodine vapor. And so arrived the Daguerreotype.
After this many other searched and found new technics until to arrive at the film, first in black and white then also in color. To arrive at nowadays with the digital camera that we all know. Here few pictures as example of the evolution of the camera equipment in the history:
Late 19th century – Studio camera that use glass photographic plates