App Makes You Wait an Hour to Print Pictures for Greater Appreciation
Nevercenter Labs brings back the black and white one-hour photo experience
The concept of the one-hour photo was lost to the immediacy of iPhones and Instagram. Technology has eliminated the need for the photographer's creative process, although most people will always feel some sense of nostalgia for the silver film canister.
The disposable camera's greatest charm is the suspense between a shot and time of development; the 1-Hour Photo app designed by Nevercenter Labs aims to bring back that sense of spontaneity to digital photography.
Now, it's possible to take and retake a photo until both the shooter and the subjects are pleased, but the software developers behind 1-Hour Photo appreciate the thrill of waiting to develop a set of pictures. They don't want users to be concerned with reviewing or deleting pictures in the process of enjoying the moment. With the app, users wait 60 minutes – in suspense – for a printed black-and-white photo.