Every now and then, a notification that invites me to take photos and add them to Google Map, appears in the upper left-hand corner of my mobile. I haven't turn it off yet because it amuses me when it says things such as 'SuperValu Greystones' photos are popular on Google Maps'. Now, for those who don't live in this neck of the woods, SuperValu is a grocery supermarket chain. Some stores are undeniably more attractive than others, but I still can't comprehend their allegedly popularity. Every time I see the message I look around and wonder, is there something I am missing here? What are people taking photos of? A salmon fillet?
Conversely, as I work in one of Ireland's most photographed landmark, I do often wonder how tourists would cope (how I would cope for that matter) with a camera that would retract the shutter and block the viewfinder if too many photos of the same subject have already been taken. Camera Restricta is the brainchild of designer Philipp Schmitt and the kind of camera I would buy tomorrow if it wasn't only a speculative design.
The photo below was taken last year in charming Mount Stewart House, a Neo-classical residence which was home of the 7th Marchioness Edith, Lady Londonderry and her family in the early 20th century. I have no recollection of a message appearing on my mobile but I am positive Mount Stewart photos are popular on Google Map.