This Device by Kotama Bouabane Converts a Coconut Into a Selfie-Taking Camera

By: Ady Floyd - Oct 5, 2015
References: fstoppers & kotamabouabane
Canadian artist Kotama Bouabane created this unique camera, which is made from a tropical coconut. While this exotic fruit provides healthy nourishment, it can also be converted into a useful technological device.

The camera was created by puncturing the mouth of the coconut and draining the contents before sawing it in half. Then, a piece of photographic paper is placed between the two halves. When the light hits the paper, the exposure is fast and reacts immediately to the light. In the darkroom, coconut water is used to develop the images. This process allows each piece of the coconut to be relevant and meaningful throughout the whole process.

The idea originated during a six week artist residency at the Banff Centre in Alberta Canada. Kotama Bouabane was exploring different alternatives for a coconut. The outcome was the a fully functioning camera, which was actually designed for the CC50G project.