Yes, it is a very strange enemy, but I'm following the design documents here. Sometimes strange is good. Probably.
It doesn't hurt the player but when the camera shutter goes off the screen flashes white for a few moments. Possibly bad if you're in the vicinity of an oncoming enemy or bottomless pit. Basically they're just annoying.
Following people around with a camera can be creepy, so I figured it might as well have a creepy face.