Dissolve 3 grams of Syrian asphalt in 15ml of lavenda oil.
Wait a few days.
Deposit the emulsion onto a tin plate with a brush.
Get it dry on a pre-heated cast-iron plate for about 20 minutes.
Expose to light for about 2-3 days.
Rinse the unsolidified emulsion with terpentine or lavenda oil.
Joseph Nicéphore Niépce called this process heliography and described it in ‘Notice sur l’Héliographie’ in 1829. It is the first photographic process that enables to record reality on a metal plate from an optical darkroom (camera obscura)
In some remote corner of the universe, poured out and glittering in innumerable solar systems, there once was a star on which clever animals invented knowledge. That was the highest and most mendacious minute of „world history“—yet only a minute. After nature had drawn a few breaths the star grew cold, and the clever animals had to die.
One might invent such a fable and still not have illustrated sufficiently how wretched, how shadowy and flighty, how aimless and arbitrary, the human intellect appears in nature. There have been eternities when it did not exist; and when it is done for again, nothing will have happened. For this intellect has no further mission that would lead beyond human life. It is human, rather, and only its owner and producer gives it such importance, as if the world pivoted around it. But if we could communicate with the mosquito, then we would learn that he floats through the air with the same self-importance, feeling within itself the flying center of the world.
On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense