Camera Restricta, the name itself depicts that rules have been administered on this device, stopping you from taking photos whenever and where ever you want. The concept of being the photographer of one and only photo taken is something Philipp Schmitt always dreamed of.
The idea of the camera connecting itself with the GPS to find its location, the appropriate pictures and the desired technique involved not just to take a normal photo but the best unique photo every time, which in the end results in the improvement of the photographers skill.
The camera is self-driven, which has created a lot of commotion in the photography world, its purpose to find the hundreds of photos at the specific place and geotagging them shows us the advancement in technology and that it can be done for improving one’s personal digital collection.
The camera is an ingenious invention which when programmed correctly opens up but when you are about to take a picture and if the camera detects that a lot of other photos have already been taken, the shutter closes and you cannot see through the viewfinder. Even though it creates a lot of frustration and sometimes becomes disobedient, it takes those problems away by helping us take a picture which is unseen and of the finest quality.
The invention goes completely against what the selfie stick stands for, by stopping you from taking the run of mill shots while on tour. The camera works with an app that checks the social media websites like Flickr, and Panoramio before taking the photo, and checks if the threshold of the 35 by 35m area in front have been exceeded and denies you from taking a photo.
The idea of always taking a unique photo was inspired from the famous photographers who find just the right angle to take incredible photos and the camera helps you find the most unique angle and lets you capture it, while improving your skills tenfold. The project is known to be the tsunami of digital images, while 2600 photos per second are uploaded on Instagram, and quickly skims through them in no time.
This idea can be thought of as unique and novel, but also constricting. The idea of restriction can be implemented to places which are designated as forbidden, which the app finds out while on the internet and disables the camera and instructs the user to move to another place.
“It is a speculation on a possible new generation of cameras where the once obedient tool becomes an authority,”
By: Muhammad Umair Siddiqui