A project that evoked using mediums that are dying and find a new purpose to them. I was a 90s girl with a Gameboy growing up, and recently discovered the Gameboy camera and printer, two truly ahead of their time technologies.
The camera allows you to take up to 29 images with it, each photograph is stamp size, you can turn the camera to the Gameboy holder or what's in front of it. It lets you change the brightness and contrast of the image, change frames, add stickers and write things on it. It's like a low-res Instagram app from over 10 years ago.
You can then print the images using cables attached from the Gameboy to the printer. The printing process is thermal and eventually the print fades away, just like any receipt paper, so the ghostly part is defiantly there.
After purchasing the Gameboy camera on eBay, I was intending to take photographs with it. I discovered that the seller did not delete the photographs that were on the camera. I was curious and looked at each and every one of the photographs. I discovered a hidden treasure. The photographs were so awkward, weird and random I knew I can't just delete them and keep them in the past. These photographs are over 10 years old. One of them had a timestamp dating from 2004.
I started buying more of those cameras, collecting the images, discovering that most sellers don't bother deleting what's on the cameras! This was truly fascinating to me. Small stories from the past that in my eyes deserve a recognition. Using the Gameboy printer, I printed each camera roll to a strip, presenting them with pins on the wall, since it's so delicate and fragile.A few were printed to an A0 size as is, pixelated, to be taken out of context, and give those images more meaning than disposable little images.
V&A Friday Late
I was invited to collaborate with V&A Friday Late October 2014 edition: Collections of Collections.
I was presenting my Hacking the Dead project (which was renamed Gameboy Selfies).
With displaying images found on Gameboy cameras, I also displayed all the cameras I have in my possession (11 at the time, I now have more) and selected few images which I have printed in large scale, utilizing the space I had to capture interest from a distance.
This connection to the past, being nostalgic as well as fun and engaging, lead me to create a photo booth where people can come and have their own photo taken and printed.
Using the hashtag #GameboySelfie when uploading pics of the printed image, I've visioned an online photo album where participants can view and share their images taken with the Gameboy camera.
In a world where Instagram and similar apps take over our daily routines, it's worth looking back to the late 90s and relive an invention that although wasn't very successful, it was most defiantly ground breaking and pivotal to the development of photography today.
The fascination and discussion during the event provoked me to keep this project alive and going.
I am collecting more cameras, and planning to develop this project further.
Photo credit: V&A Museum