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The first photographs of snowflakes

Wilson A. Bentley with camera
This is Wilson A. Bentley, self-educated farmer from Jericho, Vermont, photographer and lifelong lover of snow.  Bentley spent over a year experimenting with different ways of taking photographs through a microscope, becoming the first person to successfully photograph a single crystal of snow in 1885.  Bentley photographed more than 5,000 snowflakes in his lifetime, coming to the conclusion that all snowflakes are unique.

"Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others," Bentley stated.  "Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated. When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind."

Here are some of the photographs from Bentley's collection:













Posted by iloveart in Photography
May 10, 2016 12:00am
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