Philipp Shmitt created a prototype camera that may just change photography as we know it. Camera Restricta, as he calls it is "a disobedient tool for taking unique photographs". This camera is so smart that it detects whether a specific scene is too common, and physically will not allow you to take that photo. It forces you to be more creative, rather than expand this generic collection of data cumulated by thousands - if not millions - of people.
This links back to July when the European Parliament was serious about proposing a copyright restriction towards buildings. As the camera has access to geotags, it can easily tell whether a photo is common or not. We seem to have an urge to collect mementos, let's say that photo of the Eiffel Tower. When in Paris, right? But do we really need it, is it really that worthy if you have the same take on it as everybody else? I say go Mr. Shmitt for making people work a little to make their photos personal.
Photography has become so assessable in the past decade, many people think that their photo is fantastic. To be honest, your feet in the sand look just like the other dozens of pairs I saw when scrolling down my newsfeed this summer. So imagine that this Camera Restricta isn't only a physical stubborn tool, see it as a software. Now try to picture how photography would change if this concept were on our phones. That would be phenomenal. I would love to see what would happen then.
This product was judged on So Bad So Good and I'm happy to see that over 70% of the people approve of this - possibly because they like the concept but would never buy it. Despite that, my hopes are high. There's just one comment in the section below that made me giggle: "wow, photography for idiots, level expert". Photography can be for all, despite the technical knowledge. In my opinion it's all about the creativity and how to present a common sight in a new light. A little lateral thinking can go a long way.