With every mobile device in the world sporting some kind of camera these days, let’s take a quick look at one of the original pocket sized digital cameras which would go on to be far more influential than we could have ever imagined at the time, the Game Boy Camera.
Of course, the grainy and pixelated pictures don’t even come close to capturing reality as we see it through our smartphones, but that doesn’t stop it from being a fascinating piece of hardware. New York photographer David Friedman has shared his photos of the city as seen through the Game Boy Camera’s lens, and the results are far more hauntingly beautiful than you would imagine from such a limited resolution.
The Game Boy Camera was released in the year 2000 and came with a special printer accessory which allowed you to print your photos as stickers. Nowadays, the paper is really difficult to get ahold of, but scanning the stickers remains the easiest way to share your creations.
Does anybody still have a Game Boy Camera? I have one tucked away in my parent’s basement back in America. I’ll have to pick it up next time I go home and shoot some pics of Japan with it. The funny thing is is that taking pictures with a Game Boy will look far more normal now than when it was a new thing.