175 years in the making…

Fox Talbot images

175 years in the making… The British inventor of photography, William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877), produced his first ‘photogenic drawings’ in 1834. Talbot created accurate images of the world, i.e. trees and leaves, through mechanical and chemical means.

Some 175 years later and here are my modern versions of Talbot’s leaf images: the leaf images were supplied by the University of Reading’s Herbarium. With thanks to Alistair Culham. I tried to capture the colour, texture and background found on Talbot’s originals but in electronic form, utilising the natural world in the backgrounds too.

The prints are displayed at the Museum of English Rural Life, Reading.