Photography as an art form is all about creating something unique and original. Photographers will travel around the world and trek mile after mile to capture that secluded hidden waterfall or that secret cliff that overlooks a valley. Then they post their amazing image to the internet and now every other photographer wants to shoot that location. One by one, photographers seek out these locations in an effort to put their own artistic spin on the area. Eventually thousands of images are captured of a single location, some of them good and some of them bad, but at what point is the location no longer worth shooting?
When dealing with locations around your local town, I’m sure there are at least a few stand out popular areas that always seem to have a photo shoot going on. I can drive by the big lawn of our local college on any given day and see at least one type of photo shoot going on. Sometimes there are as many as 4 plus photo shoots going on in that one area. I get that all photographers have a different artistic eye and you can have 10 photographers shoot the same subject and get 10 different images. But over the course of time, you end up having a thousand photographers shooting the same location.
Photographer and designer Philipp Schmitt has come up with a prototype camera that aims to limit the amount of images allowed at each location. The way it works is the camera will search for how many images have been taken at your given geo location, if the number is too high, then the shutter button of the camera gets locked down and you cannot take an image.
I think the idea is a little ridiculous and could never be something a user would want, but it brings up some valid questions. Does the world need another image of the Eiffel Tower? If you travel to Iceland to take images of Kirkjufell, are you going to be able to capture anything that is different than every other image taken there?
What are your thoughts? Can a location be over photographed? Do you like the idea of limiting how many photos can be taken at a location? What are some other things you feel are over photographed?