Although I am not a computer game player, I noticed today that CapCom the creators of Street Fighter IV are inviting the submission of daguerreotypes as entries in a contest to have yourself included as a character in the next edition of the game. While the story is true, I am reporting it tongue in cheek because I don’t think CapCom is really expecting any daguerreotypes to be submitted. I also am writing about it because I want to mention a feature of Google News that I found the other day that I am finding of interest. I have been using the Google desktop for a while now and recently found the feature that allows you to create a news tab using your own search term. So now each day when I open my home page I am treated to a serving of the latest news about the world of daguerreotypes. This morning I learned about the CapCom story and I also see there is an exhibit by Robert Berlin opening at Gallery KH in Chicago. Mr. Berlin, prompted by his experience of daguerreotypes, is producing photographs on polished aluminum. Chicago is a bit out of my reach at the moment, but if you are in the area a visit might be of some interest. As more bits of the daguerreian world cross my threshold, I will pass the ones that seem of particular interest on to you.
I continue to make progress on my own quest, but the activity this weekend is mostly not of much direct interest. I am clearing out the playhouse I built years ago for my children to function as a darkroom and a location for the more toxic aspects of daguerreotypy. While not an ideal location, being rather cramped, it calms my worries about having poisonous and or very dirty processes going on inside my house.
So while I tend to dust, cobwebs and trips to the Goodwill – perhaps those of you who are already daguerreians can make a submission to CapCom that will lead you to fame and glory in the computer gaming world – at least if you can be tongue in cheek for a moment about your own art. I rather imagine the folks at CapCom will be a bit surprised.
Good luck and I hope you win. It might bring the attention of many new eyes to the world of daguerreotypes in a completely unanticpated way.