Prior to there was no one place for amateur astronomers in the Saint John and surrounding area to meet and greet, compare notes, brag, show off spiffy new toys, etc. The photodeveloper that I took the film to was so pleased to actually see the comet on film, that he printed a stack of the picture as a giveaway. He knew that I bought and wasted a lot of film getting my pictures, and I assume he wanted to tempt others into buying and wasting a lot of film, too. As luck would have it, one of the prints caught the eye of Len Larkin, a longtime amateur astronomer. Len got my name from the photodeveloper, and invited me on an observing run.
B efore the professionalization of the arts and sciences, amateur dabbling could lead to great opportunity for gentlemen of the right background and persuasion. Take for instance the life of British ophthalmologic surgeon Tempest Anderson—an avid photographer who, bored with the humdrum of Victorian leisure time, pursued his love affair with geology to the ends of the earth, creating some of the earliest and most dramatic images of volcanoes and their aftermath in the process, and died doing so. But before meeting his end while crossing the Red Sea in , Anderson spent the better part of his adulthood chasing lava flows—from France and Italy to South America, Hawaii, East Asia, and Iceland—becoming a respected vulcanologist and intrepid adventurer in the mold of, say, David Livingstone. In the summer of , he was commissioned by the Royal Society of London to visit the Caribbean islands of Martinique and St. Despite the difficulty of traveling such distances at the time, and the encumbrance of his photographic equipment in very remote regions, Anderson was resolute that photography, more than illustration or mere description, was key to the advancement of empirical scientific research.
These photos of amateur volcano hunting changed the way we look at natural disaster
Jane Martha St. She is remembered for her calotypes of Rome and other towns in Italy, now in the J. John made over photographs in the late s when travelling with her husband in Italy. Her introduction to photography probably resulted from the connections her privileged family enjoyed with John Dillwyn Llewelyn and the pioneering Talbots. John's work included portraits, travel views, and scenes of the grounds of houses.
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