Cameraphone Photography

People are not in a habit to see an opportunity to click photos in cameraphones. To give them something so that whenever they see an interesting thing, their brains tell them – “let me snap it”. There are lots of applications which lets you share photos quickly, but no applications which makes you ‘want’ to click photos.

Cameraphones are not It happens so often that a moment looks great when you’re there personally but it loses its specialty when seen via a photo.

JAPAN Cameraphone culture – Phone cameras since 2000

As the mundane is elevated to a photographic object, the everyday is now the site of potential news and visual archiving.

“In comparison to the traditional camera, which gets trotted out for special excursions and events … camera phones capture the more fleeting and unexpected moments.”


Purikura Photography

User Scenarios- An Emerging Thumb Culture

Strange Usage Scenarios- Clicking at a Funeral

Comments to the post

> “This is what makes cultures different. My grandfather-in-law’s funeral was EXTREMELY well documented by a Japanese fellow (friend of his from long ago) who walked all over taking pictures (LOTS of pictures, per stereotype) during the service and at the graveside. Some people thought it was tacky, but they also appreciated seeing the pictures (of the deceased and of the family who gathered) afterwards…”

> “Ive actually taken photos at a funeral before with my cell phone. It was the only camera I had handy at the time and I thought it was much more respectful than pulling out the good ol 5.1 megapixel digicam.”

visual note taking. For example, wesaw one user snapping a photo of a job advertisement poster and another taking a picture
of the titles of some books she intended to track down in the library
This kind of visual note taking is relatively infrequent among the cases we recorded.
When they are no longer needed, these kinds of photos tend to get erased from memory.

“I thought if I snapped it I might remember it just a little later.”

“I took it thinking I would show my mom. My friend’s appearance really changed compared to elementary school.”


“No matter what the technology, there’ll always be people who don’t mind their manners.”
Mizuko Ito, an expert on mobile phone culture at Keio University in Tokyo

“Digital shoplifting” is another concern.

“Sending and sharing pictures is a universal human trait so just making it easy for people to send pictures, and having handsets that take good pictures, that’s really the key. We’re only going to see that trend accelerate in the future.”
Matthew Nicholson of Japanese mobile firm Jphone

Attitude of the cameraphone owner
“personal awareness, persistent alertness to the visually newsworthy”

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