Pictures of Loneliness
During a warm spring morning in 1838, Louise Daguerre took the first clear photograph of human beings. It was a picture of the busy Boulevard du Temple, and it required ten minutes of exposure, so the passerby and cars left no traces… with the exception of of a shoeshine boy and his client. These figures were captured in a synthetic empty city for all eternity.
During the Apollo 11 mission, while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were descending on the lunar lander, Michael Collins took a photograph of them with the earth as background. That picture captured all human beings that had existed until that moment, with the only exception of Collins, of course. Talk about being left behind…
At this point in history, the most photographed object by far is… the mirror. It makes you think about humanity's priorities.