"Why are you taking this picture? It’s already on the Internet!"

The Layer Cam

#Photography

Sat, Aug 23rd, 2014 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Layer Cam is an unusual photocamera powered by a Raspberry Pi that has no lens. Instead of taking a photo, when the shutter button is pressed, it determines your location, searches online for geotagged photos that match your location and displays that instead.

28 million of people visit Paris every year, taking dozens of pictures each. Every building, every statue has been captured, under every sky and every light.
Because billions of pictures of the Eiffel tower have been taken, I am sure that you can find matching cloud patterns in dozen of them, even if taken years apart.
Pictures have been taken with simple pin-hole camera, smartphones or with the most complex and expensive large format silver film camera or DSLR, and lots of them are now online.
On the Internet, those photographies are sprinkled over the city, with some areas densely covered, and other more sparsely. Each website is like a stratum of pictures of every kind: postcards, paintings, photos, satellite images...

Layer cam is a project to tap into those layers, like a drill extracting a core sample of images.

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