Oh, the Game Boy Camera, our early preview for taking digital — fairly poor in quality in modern comparisons — photographs with a device that could fit in you pocket (for the most part). Recently, photographer David Friedman unearthed and released a set of awesome black-and-white photos of New York City that he had taken back in 2000. Now, these are NOT your typical stunning higher-resolution photos that you’ll see available on his professional website (or the website of any other professional photographers). These photos were ALL captured with his Game Boy Camera.
Over at his blog, Ironic Sans, he explains on his blog:
“Back in 2000, I was playing around with a Game Boy Camera, trying to use it to take color photos. (I finally got that to work.) When I first got the camera, I took a walk through midtown taking pictures. I just came across the images and thought I’d share them here for posterity (scaled up to 200% for visibility on our fancy modern displays).”
What’s great about these images is that they offer these great images of New York at a period of time that’s JUST old enough that it FEELS like history— which is ALWAYS in need of some type of documentation for reflecting back upon. It also should be noted of the simple elegance of these images and what they were still able to carry out with this type of photography. #FLASHBACK: Back when Kodak first released its cheap and easy-to-use Brownie cameras in the early 1900’s, it extended the reach of photography past exclusivity to commercial, technical and artistic uses and allowed a whole new set of people to be able to capture the most beautiful pictures their own way in a new way. I don’t see a reason why he shouldn’t have had used the world’s most recognizable and successful mobile gaming devices to achieve that same feeling. Do you?