New York City photographed with the Game Boy Camera in 2000
Back in 2000, I was playing around with a Game Boy Camera, trying to use it to take color photos. (I finally got that to work.) When I first got the camera, I took a walk through midtown taking pictures. I just came across the images and thought I’d share them here for posterity (scaled up to 200% for visibility on our fancy modern displays).
The New York Public Library:
A Giacometti statue at MOMA:
A slice of pizza:
A park bench:
Toy taxis being sold on the street:
A subway car speeding past:
A subway passenger:
Another subway passenger:
Selfie sporting a goatee:
I smell an idea for the next Instagram filter.
Posted by: Taylor McKnight | May 7, 2014 9:07 AM
Very awesome photos!
Dunno if you’re familiar with the site http://isslove.me but it is sort of a GameBoy Camera app coming to phones this summer and already active via flash online with webcams. I imagine shots like this will become much more active on the web this summer!
Posted by: Mark | May 7, 2014 7:08 PM
Check out Power Up for iOS, it does a greenish Game Boy filter as well as NES/SNES/Genesis etc.
(not my app, just a user)
Posted by: CC | May 8, 2014 1:03 PM
Very cool pics, also the last photo might be one of the first selfies around
Posted by: Vittorio | May 8, 2014 2:15 PM
Check out “ConsoleCam” by Mediafour in the iOS app store. The full version offers dozens of consoles, including Gameboy and Gameboy Color, for your ‘old school’ rendering pleasure. (not my app, just a user)
Posted by: Barron | May 8, 2014 2:26 PM
I think selfies had been around for a while before 2000: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2004664436/
Posted by: Don | May 8, 2014 3:34 PM
8-bit pocket camera is another iOS app that simulates the game boy camera (not my app, just a user)
Posted by: bunnyhero | May 8, 2014 4:29 PM
these are awesome.
Posted by: jrock | May 9, 2014 12:26 PM
it’s amazing how a few pixels can still capture an essence/atmosphere… they also feel very Dark Castle-y
shameless plug: also this other 8-bit app (I helped build) https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bitpix/id523823426?ls=1&mt=8
Posted by: mga | May 9, 2014 4:33 PM
This is so cool!! Great job! 14 years ago with Nintendo camera! It’s amazing to see how things have changed!
Posted by: Daniel Andrade | May 18, 2014 2:38 PM
The photos look very cool, halfway “real”, halfway “game graphics” - and very familiar style to me building a
Thermal Printer Photobooth! I think these would look awesome printed on a thermal printer…
Posted by: Gergely Imreh | May 19, 2014 2:57 AM
Classic! How far we gone in portable photography
Posted by: NYC Photography | May 19, 2014 5:24 AM
Wow, so many ads in the comments.
It’s funny how you call it a selfie now, where 14 years ago no one would have been silly enough to call it such a dumb name.
Posted by: bob | May 19, 2014 9:59 AM