For snappers across the world, August 19th is no ordinary day: it’s World Photography Day!
Imagine what would it be like to live in a world without photographs. There would be no real way to explore different corners of the world without going to see them or no choice of sharing your life with friends and family.
Today, photography has turned into an incredible part of our lives and has evolved into something that connects every one of us. In that spirit, people across the world are celebrating 178 years of photography with World Photography Day on August 19.
It shows our societies’ passion for photography, amongst both amateur and professional photographers. World Photography Day reminds us of the value of photography. Whether you’re using a mobile phone, GoPro, or DSLR, this day is meant to encourage everyone to join.
“A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.” – Irving Penn
History of World Photography Day
World Photography Day finds its origins in the invention of the Daguerreotype. The date was chosen as to honour the development of this photographic process by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre in the year 1837 on the same date. It was also the same date in 1839 on which the French government had purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift quoting “Free to the World.”
World Photography Day has become one of the biggest photography celebrations in the world. It began as a way to encourage people to capture the moments they live every day. Also to share it with the world and get inspired by the fellow photographers.
Fun Photography Facts – Did You Know?
We here at The Rug Seller appreciate the beauty of photography and have put together 4 interesting facts about the world of photography.
Did you know? We scroll through thousands of selfies each day, and I bet that you’ve taken a few yourself. But who took the first ever ‘selfie’? That would be Robert Cornelius (1809-1893) way back in 1839. Robert was an amateur chemist and photography enthusiast from Philadelphia and is believed to have the gentlemen who took the world’s first selfie.
Did you know? The first ever digital camera was made by Kodak in December of 1975. With the introduction of the digital camera into the mobile phone, millions of photographs are taken each day. It is now estimated that around 350 billion photos are taken annually! Incredible!
Did you know? Some of the most popular subjects of photography in the 1800’s were dead bodies… believe it or not! Many famous people were famously photographed after their deaths, like the Clantons and McLaurys who died in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. However, it wasn’t only the famous who were dead models; regular people were photographed after death as well with the girl on the image above being the dead one.
Now, here’s an interesting one if you like astronomy and outer space. Did you know? The first cameras to take a photo of the moon, on the moon are still there! Due to their heavy weight, the cameras were left behind meaning that the Moon serves as an intergalactic graveyard for 12 Hasselbald cameras. The astronauts had to abandon these cameras that shot some of the most iconic images in modern history them to allow for the 25kg of moon rock samples to be carried back instead!
How To Celebrate World Photography Day?
The best way to celebrate World Photography Day is to grab your camera, phone, or any digital device that can snap a picture and capture every beautiful moment you see around. Photography is a special thing as it includes the precious moments missed by the naked eye, words left unsaid, or it even includes lost lives. So, make sure to take a shot of every little thing, you never know what you’ll end up with!
Bring out a change, capture out an emotion and shoot a moment in time to keep it forever. Celebrate World Photo Day with the click of the camera to bring out some positive impact in amongst your community!
Best of Our Customer Photos
With this being a celebration of photography, it would be a nice idea to showcase a few of our favourite images that we’ve received from our customers. So, if your image is featured, thank you!
And to top it off, our personal favourites!
Thank you for reading this post. Hopefully, these facts were an interesting read ahead of World Photography Day and those images made you smile!
Share out all your favourite images whether it be a rug you’ve purchased or your pets as a form of photographic day celebration on social media using the hashtag #WorldPhotoDay or #WorldPhotographyDay and mentioning us @TheRugSeller. Who knows, maybe you’ll spot it on here!
Happy World Photography Day! Get Snapping!