seizing the light


Harry waits for the perfect moment

Robert Cornelius (1809-1893), the inventer of the Hipstamatic daguerrotype, was a pioneer in the human expression of stylish alienation and brooding ennui[1]. As his 1839 self-portrait attests, for as long as photographs have existed humans been poppin our collars.
—  Robert Hirsch, Seizing the Light: A History of Photography, entry on Robert Cornelius, McGraw-Hill, 2000

“When I was seized by the eternal light, by the garment that was upon me, and was taken up to a pure place whose likeness cannot be revealed in the world, then by means of a great blessedness I saw all those about whom I had heard. I praised them all and stood at rest upon my knowledge.”

Allogenes the Stranger