Sometimes I cringe at the amount of valuable childhood time that I miss everyday as an adult was spent feeding a little digital creature by pressing a button via a Tamagothchi. If you asked me two days ago, I would have felt the same way about the Game Boy Camera .
But since this dude online attached a telephoto lens to the device and has provided the internet with some interesting and nostalgia-oriented photographs, I can dismiss that notion.
Bastiaan Ekeler is the dude and he recently attached a Canon lens to a Game Boy Camera.
The results? Nothing spectacular. If you are a kid who has never used a Gameboy then you might think it is the most ridiculous thing you’ve seen in a while. I’m not going to blame you for it. But for the rest of us, it is something different, interesting, and brings us back for a moment.
Using the 3D computer graphics software, Rhino 3D, to design the apparatus and then building the attachment using a Monoprice Select Mini v2 3D printer, Ekeler was able to attach a the lens.
The Game Boy Camera was a Game Boy attachment released in 1998 that Nintendo proclaimed would “turn photography into fun-topgraphy.” (Even the 8 year old kid who came up with the slogan because his Dad couldn’t think of anything thought it was stupid).
The camera had a 128×128 pixel CMOS sensor and could store 128×112, black & white digital images using the 4-color palette of the Game Boy system. There was also a Game Boy Printer which could be purchased, which would print the your images on thermal paper. It was even featured in the 1999 Guinness World Records for being the world’s smallest digital camera and Neil Young used the photo captured by the device for his 2000 album Silver & Gold.
There is actually an Instagram account by Jean-Jacques Calbayrac devoted solely to taking photos with a gameboy camera which is kind of fun. And Ekeler was actually inspired for the project by Tim Binnion, who used the device to shoot the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai.
To see more photos go check out his page. It’s also worth it to check out how insane the zoom actually is (he compares it with an iPhone camera).
Cover Photo by Bastiaan Ekeler