One Memento: A Camera App That Can Only Shoot a Single Photograph. Ever.

Would you use a camera app that could only shoot a single photo before becoming useless as a camera? The answer is probably no, but you should still take a look at One Memento nevertheless. It’s might sound unappealing at first, but the idea behind the app is quite interesting.

It’s a photography experiment that’s based on the idea of limitations. By making the app a one-shot digital camera, the makers are forcing people to seriously think about what they would like to capture and share with the world.

Load up the app, and you’ll be given the opportunity to either take a photograph or choose one from your photo library. You’ll also be given the opportunity before or after the shot to make adjustments, such as cropping it or adding a creative filter to it.

If you mess up your photograph, don’t fret — you’re given a single two-hour window in which you can re-take your photograph.

Once you’re sure you have a masterpiece on your hands, you send it to the service to be included in the exclusive online gallery. Only 250,000 photographs will ever be collected. Submissions are given a unique Memento number, showing which of the 250,000 spots you claimed. Once your photo is submitted, it can no longer be modified or deleted.

You can then browse the Memento photos submitted from around the world, and see what your friends chose to contribute.

The app is available for free in the iTunes App Store. Identification is done through Facebook or Twitter authorization, which lets the app ensure that you’re only given one spot in the online exhibition.

Some people try to exercise their creativity by limiting themselves to small memory cards or a small number of shots. This simply takes that idea to the extreme, and allows the world to enjoy the resulting images.

(via Pocket-lint)

  • Kashif Pasta

    Wow, I love this idea.

  • AC

    And of course, iPhone only. Obviously a hipster-only app.

  • AK

    Great idea. Always love the 12-shots-to-a-roll limitation on my Hasselblad. Just does something to your mind that is lost with a 16gb card in camera’s nowadays.

    I just hope the 250k spaces will not be filled with people that just want to claim a spot but that we’ll end up with a ton of amazing moments captured.

  • 9inchnail

    It should not be possible to use images from your gallery. I can just select a photo I’ve taken with my DSLR, use a filter and upload it. That’s not really what this is about, is it? I’m supposed to really think about the photo that I’m going to take. Not browse my back catalog and pick some photo I like.

  • Mark Beaumont

    For some strange reason this idea is really appealing, anything that slows us down from time to time, is good in my book.

  • Renato Valenzuela

    yea seriously, android users are just as creative.

  • ramanauskas

    Uniquely stupid.

  • wickerprints

    To me, every moment is valuable, and the purpose of photography is to reveal and convey why. So it doesn’t make sense to impose what I consider artificial value by using an app that can take only one image. That in itself doesn’t make the photograph more interesting. A great deal of the joy I find through photography has to do with the idea that I have the freedom to choose the moment I want to take the exposure, without worrying that something better might come along.

    A photo should stand on its own merits–it shouldn’t be more precious simply because you had only one frame left. Yes, this app might be useful as an exercise in being more selective in one’s choices, but being restricted to a single image is no better than a shotgun-style approach.

  • Antonio Carrasco

    hipster camera apps must die!!!

  • John Smith

    Yes let’s log in with our FB credientials and give them a free marketing list all the time making it seem like the noveltiy is a good thing.

  • Reayx5

    I’ve lived through only having 12 or 24 or 36 exposures with one ISO on a roll: It’s quirky for youngsters who grew up in the digital age, but a drag for “analog” folks. Sort of like me wishing that cars had a hand-crank: Thanks, but no thanks. Just take “one” photo… you don’t need an app for that.

  • Trevon Serge Angulo

    But you could take a picture with your dslr exactly for this idea. and not just use something from the past.

  • pen15

    How many pictures of dongs do you think will be submitted?

  • Adam

    Goddammit I hate hipsters.