Snowflake Photographs taken on glass plates
Wilson “snowflake” Bentley (February 9, 1865 – December 23, 1931) was famous for his snowflake photographs. He did it so well that today we still use the images. He also originated many of our ideas about snowflakes. He posed the original idea that all snowflakes were unique and six sided. The great detail of snowflake photographs like this one above is dependent on the processes involved. Bentley was working with early chemicals on glass plates. So the detail and clarity of these images is testament to the supreme skill he bought to the task. Today many of his snowflake photographs have been digitised as you see here. They are of high quality with good contrast. The skills and many of his ideas and techniques are still used today.
Quick, the first flakes are coming; the couriers of the coming snow storm. Open the skylight, and directly under it place the carefully prepared blackboard, on whose ebony surface the most minute form of frozen beauty may be welcome from cloud-land. The mysteries of the upper air are about to reveal themselves, if our hands are deft and our eyes quick enough.
Wilson A. Bentley, “The Story of the Snow Crystals” Harper’s Monthly Magazine, 104 (1901:Dec.-1902:May)
Wilson Bentley devoted much of his life to Snowflake Photographs. The work contributed to our modern ideas about their photography. He was also involved in the discovery of the science and physics behind snowflakes and snowflake photography.
See also: Wilson “snowflake” Bentley
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