If you’re here, you are either seeking art, a purveyor of art or, (most likely) both! The thing with art is, often times the harder you try, the less things end up looking like art. Like the best art is the stuff that happens by accident. I feel in love with supersampler‘s cute little camera one, because its a work of art itself (I love the cool design and super-smooth rubberized blue coating) and because this cute little device is all about that gorgeous, carefree, accidental art I love.
Dubbed “The Queen of all multi-lensed cameras” the supersampler has four highly light-sensitive and precision Japanese panoramic lenses that capture four sequential panoramic shots on a single photo. The patented rip-cord advance ensures that you are ever-ready for action. Normal film, normal processing, no batteries, no viewfinder. All for around $50!
From the site:
“It’s light as a feather and sits agreeably well in the hand. It looks a tad different, extraordinary, like a combination of minidisk player, sugar pot and extraterrestrial optical measuring device. Four lenses nestle in the front. And when you pull its little ripcord and then press the exposure button, a small whirring clockwork motion starts whispering its impassioned little two-second. KNACKchrrrrrKNACKchhrrrrKNACKchrrrKNACK into your ear. Aha! Lenses! Exposure button! What is it really then? A camera?! Where’s the viewfinder? And what sort of piccies does it take? The concept behind the SuperSampler is as simple as it is fascinating:
1.) Four highly light-sensitive and highest precision panorama lenses are arranged so compactly and neatly on the camera that they are able to expose four precisely positioned panorama shots in series above and next to one another on a single photograph.
2.) Pressing the exposure button sets a piece of precision clockwork into motion, activating each of the lenses one after the other over the course of two seconds.
3.) The result is a whole new kind of endlessly varied serial images, depending on the action and movement you are capturing: a) a steady camera for the precise analysis of each of the tiniest or wildest movements (sports, action, driving, flying, falling, spasms, shoves…)
b) A fast or slow moving camera (horizontal, vertical, rotational, shaky…) for the dissolution and bizarre new recombination of otherwise familiar motifs (people, architecture, scenery…). This is where the craziest tricks and SuperSampling discoveries really start to come into their own.”
Whether you can do it alone, or need a cute little camera to help you along the way, its always good to shake up your perspective from time to time… it’s what keeps things interesting, right?