While most photographers used SLRs to document last month’s Shanghai Grand Prix, photographer Tim Binnion used something else: a Game Boy.
The Nanjing, China-based creative director had recently bought himself a Game Boy Color and a Game Boy Camera attachment for Christmas.
Inspired by the works of Joshua Paul, who shoots F1 races using a 1913 Graflex 4×5 view camera, and Alexander Pietrow, who captured the Moon and Jupiter using a Game Boy Camera, he decided to do the same thing at the then-upcoming Grand Prix.
But equipped with only a 0.016-megapixel camera from 1998, he knew he had to get upgrades in order to photograph fast-moving cars.
“To my knowledge, no one has ever shot motorsports with a Game Boy Camera before,” he said, “and there’s probably a good reason for that!”
So he bought a clip-on smartphone lens, 3D-printed a bracket to mount the lens on, and purchased a mod that could transfer photos onto an SD card. Also, to compensate for the lack of shutter speed, Binnion sat at the exit of a hairpin turn, which is where the cars move at their slowest.
The result of all his efforts is a collection of retro photos that are surprisingly decent. As Kotaku put it perfectly: “So decent that they could have easily passed for screenshots from an old licensed F1 game from the early 90s.”
Binnion hopes to take more photos using his Game Boy Camera soon, but next time, he’ll be adapting his DSLR lenses.
You can see more of Tim Binnion’s photography here.
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