I have neglected this blog for a long time. I want to write more, so I plan to write even about the small, less ‘significant’ things in life. After all, you shouldn’t need an ‘occasion’ to write.
With today’s latest technology, our maths teachers have been proven wrong: we will have a calculator with us everywhere we go. Perhaps now you can prove your photography professor wrong too because there is an app on your phone that is a disposable camera. When I tell people of this app, they either think it’s genius or they just don’t get it, “but that’s just a longer way of taking photos!”
The app is called Gudak Cam and was first introduced to me a few week ago by a close friend who loves to take photos. The app basically looks like a disposable camera (with its very own view finder!):
It acts like one too. In one ‘film’ you get 24 shots. Once you’ve used up the 24 shots, you ‘process’ the film and it takes 3 days before they are ‘developed’ (a.k.a show up on the app and you can save them to your photo library). There is no preview.
The three days wait is meant to imitate the real life process of having to develop film: going to the store, waiting time, and collecting. However I have read the app review section and some complain that you can get film developed in 24hrs these days. My friend also told me a trick, where if you fast-forward the date on your phone by three days, the photos become instantly available.
I said to her I wouldn’t cheat the system but when reality struck and I’d used up my 24 shots, I couldn’t resist the urge to do so. Although I do save my 24 shots and only take photos of ‘significant’ things – unlike some people who end up taking photos of the floor just to see what they’ve taken instantly (I mean, no judgement! that is pretty smart.)
Perhaps this app is testing our patience. Maybe it does put more value into the photos we take and the moments we’ve taken them in. Or testing our human capability (caused from impatience) to outsmart a pretty smart app. Or it could also just simply be a silly marketing scheme (only £0.99) for hipsters that aren’t really… Either way, I think it’s a lot of fun and I love it.
I am currently on my second roll of film. These are some favourites from the first set I’ve ‘developed’. I love the random light leaks, it almost makes the photos look magical:
Tell me what you think. It is genius or you just-don’t-get-it?