I have spent the morning flicking through old photos to inspire a competition entry for the Independent on Sunday. So today’s word is . . .
this word literally means ‘drawn with light’. It was apparently coined by the British astronomer, Sir John Herschel. In 1839 he gave a lecture to the Royal Society detailing his new invention, sensitized photographic paper. He used Greek words, photo- from phos, meaning ‘light’ and graphos, meaning ‘drawn’. It was undoubtedly inspired by other photo-related inventions that pre-dated him, including the French inventor Nicephore Niepce’s heliographie, meaning ‘sun-drawing’.
Urban Dictionary Definitions:
- A photograph is a positive image. It is printed on photosensitive paper, most of the time used to capture the good times in your life.
- A picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.
- Things I am useless at taking
- A physical document of our world for future generations to look at.
- Often make you realise you need to loose weight / have your hair cut / change your wardrobe.
- The easiest way to make girls cringe.