If you thought the idea of a smartphone selfie stick was peculiar, get this: photographer Jesse Chehak has created a gigantic selfie stick for his large format camera, and it actually works.
The Large Format Selfie Stick (LFSS) consists of a 4×5 Graflex press camera attached to the end of a thick 8-foot-long pole. A shutter release cord is used to expose a sheet of Polaroid Type 55 film, which was discontinued back in 2008 (a box of it costs hundreds of dollars these days).
Here are a couple of sketches Chehak drew and shared with friends while coming up with the design:
Here are some photos showing the Large Format Selfie Stick in action:
Here are some resulting photos showing what it can help create:
P.S. Boston University Professor Kate Palmer Albers, who specializes in the history and theory of photography, recently wrote an interesting piece about this selfie stick on her website Circulation | Exchange. It’s worth a read.