Buttons is a “blind camera” that instantly retrieves an image online uploaded by someone else.
Buttons is the work of Sascha Pohflepp, a “blind camera” with no actual camera components. When the camera button is pressed, the device retrieves an image online that was taken by someone else at the same moment.
Pohflepp explains below:
Taking a photo means making a memory. Choosing a moment in time and framing a situation. Archiving it or making it public. Either way, we create a visual item that we have an emotional attachment to through our memory. Photos help us to remember moments in our past. Often they even become a memory in their own right. For many, making their moments public through services like is already part the process of photography itself, creating archives which contain a vast collection of visual fragments of individual lives.
Buttons takes on this notion of the camera as a networked object. It is a camera that will capture amoment at the press of a button. However, unlike a conventional analog or digital camera, this one doesn’t have any optical parts. It allows you to capture your moment but in doing so, it effectively seperates it from the subject. Instead, as you will memorize the moment, the camera memorizes only the time and starts to continuously search on the net for other photos that have been taken in the very same moment.