Saturday, August 6, 2016

Project 66: Series #3 - Photomon Go

Photomon Go

Project 66 Series #3
Tim Mulcahy Photography
August 6, 2016

I’ve been inspired by the latest digital craze – Pokemon Go. Pokemon Go extols players to grab their cell phones and:

“Get on your feet and step outside to find and catch wild Pokemon.  Explore cities and towns where you live – and even around the globe – to capture as many Pokemon as you can.  As you walk through the real world your smartphone will vibrate to let you know you’re near a Pokemon.”

Chasing down imaginary monsters isn’t really my cup of tea so I devised a similar sport for photographers - Photomon Go.  Rather than digitally capturing cute, imaginary creatures with their smartphones as they walk through the real world, in Photomon Go photographers set out to digitally capture photomon - creative mirror image-like photos that “reflect” reality.  I piloted the game on a recent trip to Chicago and am sharing some examples of photomon (along with their Pokemon-like creature names) that I captured and logged into in my personal Photodex.

I haven’t yet figured out how to make cameras automatically vibrate when players are near compelling “photomon”, how to market the Photomon Go app or how to make any money in the process.  But while I’m working out all those details I hope fellow photogs will continue to beta test the concept and help me make Photomon the next Pokemon.

To help get you get started I've added this guide to photographing reflections.

OK. Let's Go!