On September 21, Apple diehards who camped out on the sidewalk for days were treated to the latest and greatest piece of mobile technology: the iPhone 5s. The phone has a lots of great features, including a new interface, a sleeker design, and even a fingerprint identification system. The iPhone 5s’ camera also got an upgrade — it can now shoot slow-motion photography. The possibilities are endless as to what a pocket-sized slo-mo cam could capture.
So obviously, one of the first iPhone slow motion videos to make the rounds is 15 seconds of a pair of breasts bouncing up and down.
According to Know Your Meme, the video was posted on Reddit by user “HoboStabz,” and within 24 hours, “the post and the YouTube clip garnered more than 2,300 comments and 567,000 views respectively.” In fact, the HoboStabz iPhone 5s movie was so revelatory, a new subreddit, “/r/SloMoBoobs,” was created to play host to other users’ boob bouncing videos. The forum currently sports four pages worth of slow motion boob photography.
While it’s great to see people get out there and experiment with photography, one has to wonder who is allowing themselves to be shot in this way. The videos are clearly intentional (but with the size of an iPhone, how long will that last?), so is this a couple activity. The below video, titled “iPhone Slow-mo Girlfriend Test,” suggests so. The caption on YouTube even explains why someone might objectify themselves in this fashion: “Girlfriend saw a poor attempt reddit, knew she could do far better!”
In an era where our pop stars are grinding in slow motion on top of construction equipment to achieve sex appeal, I suppose it’s not entirely surprising that both men and women would jump on casual slow motion photography to show off their “stuff.” But it screams misuse, adding fuel to a fire that steers sexuality down a dangerous path.
I will give Redditors credit. This comment left on the “Girlfriend Test” thread displays an understanding of filmmaking.
“There needs to be some type of aspect ratio standard…all too often, we miss the bottom of the subject when it moves out of frame.”
Matt Patches is a writer and reporter living in New York City. His work has been featured on Vulture, Time Out New York, and The Hollywood Reporter. He is the host of the pop culture podcast Operation Kino.