What Comes Next Is The Camera Disappears Completely

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People are freaking out about the privacy issues raised by Google Glass, but my bigger fear is what comes next, when the camera disappears completely.

via The Case of the Trombone and the Mysterious Disappearing Camera | Tribeca.

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  1. The irony about the article is, that British show he likes so much, “Black Mirror,” isn’t just curated images taken by Google of whatever. It’s done the old fashioned way, with big cameras, big crews, lots of takes, etc. And the GoPro pre-roll ad sort of ruins the trombone guy video. It’s like a magic trick–once you know the secret, it’s not fun anymore.

    • c.d.embrey

      @Tim Roper, the article isn’t about how “Black Mirror” is produced today, it’s all about the future. A future where contact lenses replace cameras.

      A very smart young film maker, with a good imagination, could make an inexpensive feature film. Using just Google StreetView and a GreenScreen set-up in his garage. The future is changing rapidly. What was it that Lee Iaccoca said about lead or get out of the way?

  2. I think what lends watchability to the trombone player clip is the trombone slide’s POV and what the combination of rigid fixed mount, fixed focal length and rapid in/out movements of the camera do to the subject and the scene around him. The viewer would have a completely different experience if the subject were playing a violin or a cello – or a smoother, less staccato kind of melody.

    Its a clever trick and whether you know its a gopro or not – you figure it out pretty quickly.

    Whether this removes the camera from the scene is arguable – the camera is providing a visual experience that we could not replicate with the naked eye.

    What is removed is a dialogue. Its often said that a photograph is a conversation between photographer and subject. This is the trombonist talking to himself. That is just as much an act of discovery or creativity as any other. Pretty wonderful too.

    The Trombonist wasn’t caught on video unawares, he had intent – an active role – google glass and contact lens cameras are passive. I would say that the camera provides the interest here and is hardly missing from the scene.

  3. Hate to say it again but in not the to distant future we will be able to talk to a camera and make images, my self still shoot film and love every minute of it.

  4. Really have to talk about this?

    If a person is really worried about the disappearance of the camera they have other issues beside equipment they should be worried about. The digital camera has plateaued to a level of cost versus what the consumer will pay.

    I would be looking into how I need to shift with the change as it is happening or may get lucky and be the first to be making the change.

    Richard I think those who really love the art of photography still shoot film. I do for that reason. Now who can help me get some Kodachrome developed in color?