Trend Forecasting: The Octographer

Photography trends come and go, and recent months have shown a surge in animal-ographers. First came the monkey selfie, a strange case of curious paws that resulted in a viral photograph and a copyright case that showed the world photography is so easy, “even a monkey could do it.” This spring brings us the world’s first “octographer.” In a highly entertaining publicity stunt, Sony has partnered with the Sea Life Aquarium in New Zealand where Rambo the octopus photographs visitors with an underwater camera. The promotional video has been a tremendous hit, reassuring photographers everywhere that with this camera, their photographs will turn out great even though they have just two hands to work with. Of course, this is only the latest in examples of sea creatures mastering the arts, in the late 1980s a Jamaican crab astounded millions with his underwater musical performance.