The word photography derives from the Greek words 'photos' - meaning light and 'graphieo' - to draw, to write, or to paint. The word was popularised by Sir John Herschel in 1839. Modern photography began in the 1820s with the first permanent photographs. Like the word itself, photography is the result of combining several technical discoveries.

So, "Light Writing" or "Light Painting'.

When you think about the types of photographs and photographers that are around today, the two types of word are harmonious. News Photographers and so-called "Papparazi" are Light Writers, while fine art photographers are "Light Painters".

In the first couple of pages in this section, I hope to share how the chemistry of Photography came about.

Sir Winston Churchill by Youssef Karsh
Then, how it turned into an industry, an avocation, and for some, a passion. We relish famous or infamous photographs. We relish photographs of families and loved ones. Photography has become an incredible part of our lives, documenting ourselves, our experiences, learning about the experiences of others, good and bad. It makes us remember, and it makes us dream. The advent of digital photography coupled with electronic communications further broadens our abilities and perspectives.

It has even opened our eyes to the stars, planets and moons, that no one in my generation, with the possible exceptions of science fiction writers such as
Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov, would have imagined.

Red Supergiant Star V838 Monocerotis

I will show you my favorite photographers and their work, so that if you catch the "
shutterbug", you know where to start.