Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Oldest picture of them all


The worlds oldest picture, or at least, the worlds oldest picture that survived the test of time. This picture was taken in 1826 and required 8 hours of exposure, this led to the picture having the sun shining on the left and right side of the walls. I had no idea that we could take pictures back in the early 1800's, mind fuck. We really have come such a long way in such a short period of time, from a picture barely clear enough to make out to google earth.


Here is a description of what is seen in the photo according to photosthatchangedtheworld.com - " It represents the view of the courtyard of Niépce’s house at Gras, France, taken from the window of his workroom. On the left side of the image is the pigeon-house (an upper loft in the Niépce family house), to the right of it is a pear-tree with a patch of sky showing through an opening in the branches. In the center of the image is the slanting roof of the barn; the long building behind it is the bake house, with chimney. On the right side of the image is another wing of the house. "

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