I wanted to insert this photo project into the Victorian age (1820-1914). In its first incarnation, photography seemed to be more of a scientific tool than a form of artistic expression. Many of the earliest photographers didn’t even call themselves artists: they were scientists and engineers – chemists, astronomers, botanists and inventors. The earliest applications of photography came in archaeology and botany. Their practical solutions have pioneered and possibly inspired the work of many other photographers over the decades, from advertising to fashion, documentary to art.