Before we had all these photography apps with countless effects, there was the Claude Mirror—a pocket-sized convex mirror tinted black that was popular in the 18th century. It was like a lens with a filter for any landscape, showing a vista with pleasant distortions and a subtle color palettes in its reflection.
Those social media photography apps that come with fun filters and endless effects are cool, but do you know how they came to be?
Originally devised for landscape artists, the Claude Mirror made scenery muted and misty or bright and sun-drenched… In short, picturesque. It later became popular with travelers as “a world viewed through a Claude glass was a journey through snapshots of softly-rendered nostalgia.”
Those who had cameras would take photographs as keepsakes, or those who could draw would sketch for their loved ones at home. But those without would use the Clause glass to take in the scenery and make a photo in their memories instead.
It’s like those convex security mirrors they have in convenience stores that can’t afford CCTVs, right? With a better vintage effect, of course. Have you ever used a Claude glass? Why don’t you shoot using one and share with us your photos?