Fertility of limits

Joseph Nicéphore Niépce was led to the invention of photography by the realization that his hand was not steady nor accurate enough to trace and reproduce the images projected by his camera obscura, like his contemporaries used to do. He thus strived to fix the image permanently on a plate through what he called a heliographic process, trying with different substances and reactions, until he eventually succeeded.
This is just one of countless examples of how our own limits can nourish creativity and genius. If our world wasn’t one of limits, we would probably still be living in caves.

Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, enhanced version of View from the window at Le Gras (1826 or 1827), the oldest surviving real-world photograph

Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, enhanced version of View from the window at Le Gras (1826 or 1827),
the oldest surviving real-world photograph

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