There are six billion people on the planet, and something like 2.5 billion camera phones. Facebook alone gets more than 3,000 photos uploaded to it every second; since you started reading this entry, another 10,000 have gone up. Capturing images, once such a difficult and expensive process, has become something we unthinkingly do with little more than our thumbs. Photos are disposable. Forgettable.
Two years ago, photographer Daniel Carillo took a daguerreotype workshop at Rochester's George Eastman House photography museum. Seattle-based Carillo fell in love with the process, which is about as opposite to digital photography as you can get: An image isn't a quickly-captured string of code that lives on a website, but something that has been painstakingly burned into a shiny, solid piece of metal using alchemy and elbow grease. It took Carillo a year just to acquire the tools and materials needed to produce a single daguerreotype.
In the video below, fellow shooter Patrick Richardson Wright captures Carillo's process. It's so beautiful, you'll want to pull your cell phone out and snap a picture of it.