INVISIBLE BUT THE CAMERA SAW IT
A German photographer had an order for some portrait studies of a very beautiful girl. To capture her exquisite colouring, he used orthochromatic plates. When they were developed and proofs made, the girl’s face appeared to be covered with blemishes. The photographer complained to the manufacturer, who took the plates and tested them. But the mysterious blotches were found to be the result of outside causes, and not due to any imperfection in the plates themselves.
The subject did not return to view the proofs until two months after her sitting. When she did appear, the photographer was horrified to see her skin scarred and roughened. A few questions cleared up the mystery. Two days after she sat for her portrait, the girl had come down with smallpox. The disfiguring marks were not apparent on her face at the time, but the sensitive orthochromatic plates had detected a change in the skin.
The experience led the photographer to make special studies of photographing “invisible” things and in the end he became an expert at detecting forged documents and altered cheques. Continue reading “The Generations of” the patriarchs in the oldest history book Genesis