Say cheese! Photographer, 33, turns a broken vintage camera into a wristwatch with a working shutter


An inventive photographer has built a ‘vintage smartwatch’ that takes real photos using pieces from a broken camera.

Photographer Alireza Rostami put together his one-of-a-kind invention using the parts of a discarded Seagull Twin-Lens Reflex (TLR) camera.

The 33-year-old calls the stylish device the ‘Gadget Shutter’, and says it can be operated manually or using a built-in timer.

Having taken the camera apart, the photographer – who is based in Iran – worked on designs that would allow him to reuse the shutter mechanism.

By piecing back together this mechanism, Mr Rostami was able to create a watch-shaped device, which he mounted to a leather strap.

Having built a watch-like design, the next step was to ensure the device could still take pictures.

In order to do so, Mr Rostami loaded custom-cut circular pieces of film into the back of the shutter mechanism.

It can be operated manually, or using a built-in timer.

The result is coin-sized images that, when flipped using Photoshop, depict the likes of the photographer’s furniture, home and garden.

Mr Rostami said he discussed the watch idea with his friends first, as they considered turning the camera into a pair of photographic glasses. 

The photographer settled on a piece of jewellery for his wrist instead.

He said: ‘I bought the camera from a photographer after he had broken it.

‘The shutter had a problem and was not work, so others were not able to fix it.

‘It was broken and they could not find more parts. 

‘I thought of reverse engineering and looked at the shutter, as that’s the important piece.

‘It thought I could still go out on the street and take pictures.

‘I like to call it the Gadget Shutter, Watch Shutter or Watch Camera, so it has three possible names.’


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