How To Confuse Tourists With A Camera Made Out Of A Coconut (Hint: Put It On A Selfie Stick)

Sep 29, 2015

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer and content strategist based in Hawi, Hawaii. Her work has been shared by top publications like The New York Times, Adobe, and others.

How To Confuse Tourists With A Camera Made Out Of A Coconut (Hint: Put It On A Selfie Stick)

Sep 29, 2015

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer and content strategist based in Hawi, Hawaii. Her work has been shared by top publications like The New York Times, Adobe, and others.

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Kotama Bouabane, a photographer and artist in residence at the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada, had the idea to make a camera out of a coconut shell to see what kind of photos he couldget. To do so, Bouabane poked a hole through one of the coconut’s “eyes”, cut it in half, then drained and removed the coconut meat. To expose a photo, he simply slides a piece of photographic paper between the two halves and opens the “eye” hole to let in light. (Bouabane even saves the coconut water to put into his chemical baths when he’s developing the images.)

“I think there’s a lot of humor in the work I do…and I think building a selfie stick and mounting a coconut to the end of it and taking it to tourist destinations is an absurd gesture to do, but I also think that it comments on how we’re obsessed with place and how we use objects and how we photograph things in this day and age.”

As far as camera design goes, the coconut camera is pretty basic. Bouabane says he’s very limited in terms of focusing and the process takes a lot of experimentation. But, because of the inherent amusement involved when taking photos with a coconut, there’s also a lot of fun to be had.

Like mounting a coconut onto a selfie a stick and taking it out to popular tourist destinations…

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[ Kotama Bouabane via Reddit ]

 

 

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2 responses to “How To Confuse Tourists With A Camera Made Out Of A Coconut (Hint: Put It On A Selfie Stick)”

  1. Darrell Larose Avatar
    Darrell Larose

    Gilligan’s Island selfies???

  2. knoptop Avatar
    knoptop

    I’m confused.. he takes photos using a coconut.. but he didn’t take any coconut photos in public, instead he just pranked people? :(