November 18, 2011
Louis Daguerre's 224th Birthday
Making a daguerreotype was a very long and tedious process that required very careful and precise chemistry. Since it's been almost 22 years since my last science project and I knew nothing about Chemistry, exposing the team (or myself) to harmful chemicals or any potential spills wasn't sounding like the best idea.
Louis Daguerre was a master chemist... which is why the photo gods named the Daguerreotype process after him. Mr. Daguerre was also a photographer and an artist so I figured from one creative mind to another, that's what I would focus on. The black and white portraits of public figures and families that were taken by Daguerre at the time were such rich moments... moments I tried to convey with an illustrated version of a daguerreotype. Playing dress up with the letters and displaying them in a boxed frame similar to the era sounded like a good (safer) plan.
Rough sketch of initial idea.
Alternate idea with letters in their own frames.
Another polished version.
posted by Willie Real