It frequently happens moreover – and this is one of the charms of photography – that the operator himself discovers on examination, perhaps long afterwards, that he has depicted many things he had no notion of at the time.
-William Henry Fox Talbot, ‘The Pencil of Nature‘, 1844
Until two weeks ago I had never heard of William Henry Fox Talbot. But as a fan of picture taking, from the humble smartphone selfie to the supped-up DSLR snap, I owe him my thanks.
A Sunday trip to the Science Museum placed me face to portrait with one of the forefathers of modern day photography.