When you look through your family’s photo album is there someone missing from the pictures? In a lot of families there is someone who always ends up taking the photos and who, therefore, doesn’t make many appearances in the photo album.
Most of us have tried putting on the timer and running desperately to try and get into position before the flash but this often ends badly. No, it is simply easier to accept that someone is going to be in very few photos because they need to take them. Ah, but it won’t be that way forever, will it?
One person who has thought about this dedicated photo taker is Chin-Wei Lao. Chin-Wei is a student of Innovative Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art in London and has invented a different kind of camera.
Snap and Be Snapped
It is called The Duo and it splits in half. This means that it can be used to take a picture of the person behind the cameras as well as the scene they are snapping. It has been described as a binary camera and the designer behind it said that it gets people to “engage” the process of taking photos and to “have fun documenting and being documented”.
The Duo is made up of two simple cameras which can be attached and disconnected using magnets. When just one of the “shoot” buttons is pressed both cameras take a picture at the same time. Having said that, there is also a control switch which allows you to desactivate this double function and use them as conventional, individual cameras.