With the Camera Restricta you are forced to be creative

The German designer has developed a camera that allows the user to take only original photos. Want to snap a pic of the Eiffel Tower? ain’t going to happened. To stop us taking these monotonous cliche snaps, this camera will not allow you to take a photo at a popular place. The camera works using GPS, detecting exactly where you are in the world and searching the internet for photos tagged with the same location. If there are too many, the camera will make a geiger counter-esque clicking sound and the lens will retract back into the body. With the Camera Restricta you are forced to be creative again.

“Algorithms are already looking through the viewfinder alongside with you: they adjust settings, scan faces and take a photo when you smile. What if your grin wasn’t the only thing they cared about?” says Schmitt. “Of course you can’t judge uniqueness of a photo just by counting the geotags nearby. Still, it might be a good indicator for the potential of taking a special photo at a place […] The camera scans an area of roughly 35×35 meters around its exact location for geotagged photos. Cities and especially tourist sights are so thoroughly photographed that it often finds dozens or even thousands of photos.”

Camera Restricta from Philipp Schmitt on Vimeo.