William Henry Fox Talbot’s ” The Pencil of Nature” is an apt name of the first beginnings of photography, although I feel like it was chemistry, more than nature, trying to find the right concoction.

When I think about the idea of photography being an art, from the beginning, I tend to agree.  For me, it’s all about finding solutions to problems, so we can witness the world in different ways.

Anna Atkins, a bit late than Talbot, produced the first photo book, using the “photogenic drawing” technique (in which an object is placed on light-sensitized paper which is exposed to the sun to produce an image)– this feels a bit more like drawing by nature, using the sun, and plants.

Anna_Atkins_algae_cyanotype
Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=455356
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