Yesterday was World Photography Day. It commemorates August 19th, 1839, when France released the patent for the Daguerreotype, the first viable photographic technology.
As a curmudgeon-in-training I should be cynical about such things. However, I like World Photography Day.
In fact, I think I like it a lot. It seems to have actually caught on, in a mild and modest way. (It only got going in 2010, although it commemorates an event that happened 177 years ago. Hey, Thanksgiving was started by Abe Lincoln during the Civil War, so why not?)
And why shouldn't photography have a day? Photography isn't as big a part of life as mothers, but it's bigger than groundhogs. Today, August 20th, is World Mosquito Day, and although I concede the importance of mosquitoes (see: Zika virus, malaria) I definitely don't think they deserve a day. World Photography Day makes much more sense than National Blonde Brownie Day, which has to share January 22nd with National Answer Your Cat's Question Day.
As Days go, capital D., World Photography Day is sane, sensible, positive...and pleasant, even.
I would suggest resisting all attempts to dictate how World Photography Day should be celebrated. Photography is subversive and populist, the original social media. I think part of the fun might as well be to figure out new and different and "you-specific" ways of celebrating.
I spent World Photography Day yesterday photographing...and getting nothing. Seriously, the best photograph I took yesterday was of a reflection on the ceiling. Jeez. And it isn't very good. Despite trying numerous things, nothing worked.
Ever have one of those days?
(Thanks to Gordon)
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