August 19 is known by photographers everywhere as World Photography Day. It originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic process by Louis Daguerre and Nicephore Niepce in 1837. On January 9, 1839, the French Academy of Sciences announced the Daguerreotype Process. On August 19, 1839 the French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift, "free to the world". Since that time photography has become an ever-increasing medium of personal expression and appreciation for millions of people around the world.
I chose this image to celebrate World Photography Day. Dora and I staged it and took it this morning (August 19, 2021). The Nikon F was my first significant camera. In its day the Nikon F was one of the most technically advanced cameras available. Photo journalists, war correspondents, and other professional photographers relied on the Nikon F and it seldom disappointed. It was chosen as one of the cameras NASA used in its early space exploration and lunar missions. The camera can still be found and in use today.
Dora has endured my love of photography and its expense for over 50 years. Her gifts of time, patience, and understanding have always been appreciated. Many thanks to Steve Rich who gifted the Nikon F book to me.