世界上第一个在照片上出现的人(或者两个,也许是三个?)

The First Photo Of A Human (Or Two Humans? Or Three?)

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This keeps getting more and more interesting.

这事儿变得越来越有趣。

Here’s a photo I blogged about last week. It shows a street in Paris, back in 1838. This picture, I said, may contain the first ever photographic image of a human being. He’s on the lower left, maybe getting his shoes shined.

这是我大概在上周发到博客上的一张照片,照片上是1838年巴黎的一条街道。发照片的时候,我说,这可能是有史以来第一张记录了人类影像的照片。这个人在照片的左下角,他当时也许是在让人替他擦鞋。

Here is the same photograph again, courtesy of a reader who calls himself Charles Leo (Toxic), this time in color!

这里有一张同样的照片,是一位称自己为“有毒的”查尔斯 里奥提供的,这次照片上了色。

Mr. Leo (whose toxicity I am politely ignoring) works in the design business creating 3-D photographs for interior decorators. Last week he decided to take Louis Daguerre’s 1838 image (which a reader named Gig Thurmond had “cleaned up” and posted on his blog, Hokumburg Goombah) and re-clean it up on his blog, Lunarlog. After this double-blog, double-cleaning, he wrote:

里奥先生(对他的毒性我大可泰然处之)从事为室内装修设计师设计创作3-D图片的工作。上周,他决定着手处理这张由路易斯 达盖尔(法国人,被认为是银版照相法的发明人)摄于1838年的照片,然后再发到他的博客——Lunarlog上。(我发到自己博客上的照片转自一名叫吉格 舍蒙德人的博客——Hokumburg Goombah,之前他就已经处理过一次了)在把这张经过再三处理的图片发到他自己的博客上时,里奥先生写道:

What I ended up with was a colorized version of this Daguerreotype. I didn’t spend too much time refining the image – maybe a little over an hour tops. I could spend days if I really wanted to get it just perfect, but for the purpose this suited it just fine.

“我最终让这张银版照相法的照片变成了彩色的。我没有花太多的时间去处理照片——顶多一个小时多一点。如果我真的想让它完美无比,我可能得花上几天。但是就现在的用途来看,这已经够好了。”

His purpose, he says, was to see what else is going on the photo. And he thinks maybe there are more people in the picture. A lot of you wrote in to say the same thing but let’s take a look at his version, with annotations.

他说,他给照片着色的用途是想看看照片上到底还有些什么。他认为照片上可能还有其他人的身影。许多人也有同样的想法。那我们就着注释看看他的这张图片吧。

猛击这里看大图(图上大部分注释与本文无关,不翻译鸟)

He’s got three candidates on the street: two possible adults (I can’t see them, maybe you can?) and perhaps one child.

他指出,街上有三个人,可能是两个大人(你看得清楚他们不?反正我是看不清的)和一个小孩。

图上注释从左起:

A. 无法辨认,可能是一个人。

B. 一个小孩的身形。他旁边看起来仿佛有一条狗,可以雨棚高度作为参考。从左边建筑不规则的外形来看,这可能是个货摊。

C. 另外一个人?

The child seems a little more plausible. In this closer-still version, I can make out a boy-looking figure with a white cap leaning against something (a tree?) with a dog just behind him. Can you see what I see?

这个小孩存在的可能性稍微要大一点。通过这个放大静止的版本(下图),我能看清一个小孩的身影,他带着白帽子靠着一样东西(一棵树?),一只狗刚好在他背后。你能看得见我看见的吗?

If you want to look still closer, go to Mr. Leo’s blog Lunarlog. He’s got a more detailed photo.

如果你要想看得更加清楚,可以去里奥先生的博客逛逛,那里有更加清晰的图片。

And finally, another reader, Shannon Marcum, also known as “sweetshannon111” wrote: “Is it just me, or does anyone else notice the little face in the top window with the curtain pulled aside in the building on the right?”

最后,另一名读者,香农 马库姆(网名sweetshannon111)写道:“不知道除了我以外,大家有没有注意到,照片右边房子最顶上的那个窗帘掀开的窗户里有张小小的面孔?”

It may be just her. I looked and I can’t see what she sees, but I don’t know — take a look for yourselves.

也许就只有她注意到。我看了下,我看不到她说的那个面孔,但是我不知道它到底有没有——你自己看看咯~

 

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