Lady of the Luscious Lips

Found 15/10/1997

This set of photos was found at Flinders Street Station on the 15th of October 1997. I was on my way to meet my school friend, Francis Flanagan. We went to see the film Chasing Amy. I have absolutely no memory of that film, whatsoever.

So who is this young woman and why was this set of pics chucked on the ground? We’ll probably never know who she was/is, yet we can tell a number of things about her and the circumstances under which she took these pictures. She definitely had a poor comprehension of our littering laws, for a start. She is certainly a beautiful girl, who had a certain idea of how she should look in a portrait.

There is a smidgen of a sleeve showing in the top two images. This suggests to me, that she was not there to get a set of fun shots. If she had been, her demeanor would be quite different and the person standing beside her would, most likely, have joined in.

Could it be that she was actually using this booth to get passport photos?? An outrageous idea to someone who sees these automata cameras as toys. If that indeed was the purpose of this sitting, then this dirty set of pictures, with roller marks obscuring parts of the face, would have been unusable. Another reason they could have been discarded is that the four identical portraits option was not chosen.

Obviously, I love it when these photos don’t work and they are rejected for whatever reason. Unfortunately, with these dip and dunk machine all but gone, the unexpected find has become rarer and rarer.

2 comments
  1. Jannie said:

    Kathy is it not the curtain( see the hem?) that you see beside the lovely young woman rather than a sleeve? Maybe she was on her own after all. Jannie xxx

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  2. Hi Jannie

    Thanks for looking and especially thanks for commenting! I like your theory but generally the curtains hang lower than that, however, it could be the edge of the curtain being held back. It is definitely the right colour.

    I will send you an invitation to subscribe. Del has given me permission to use the two photobooth photos of you both as toddlers. Is that ok with you too? I also have one lonely pic of Johnny that is on my list for a story…

    xoxxoxo Kathy

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