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This is my first Halloween post and the first set of Halloween booth photos I have ever made. I took more than one as –

a) I am obsessed with the experience of being in and using a photobooth. (Quelle surprise!)

b) One photobooth strip is never enough.

c) I made Halloween greeting cards using these images for my god daughter, her sister, one or two special friends and for my nephew and niece in Dublin. I needed some variety for them.

I hope you enjoy the decorations, costumes and festivities, whether it be all a bit “Bah! Humbug!” for you, or an event you look forward to all year.

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15 April 2002, 8.48 AM Leicester Station

This was taken on the first day of my husband’s new job, which was the motivation for our move to Leicester.  We were still living at a hotel, Spindle Lodge and I was on my way to a real estate agency to continue to search for a more permanent place to live.

This group of photos comes from my series Photobooth 41 Year Project. You can see all the posts that document the series by clicking here. I am still adding to this project using mostly digital booths to create the images. The project is now close to entering its 44th year. Could it be the world’s longest photobooth project?

 

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1 April 2001, Chadstone, Melbourne

A second April Fool’s Day strip but now with the addition of my sister Sue.

This strip of photos comes from my series Photobooth 41 Year Project. The project is now getting close to entering its 44th year. I’d like to change the name  to reflect this but if I do, none of my links or categories will work. It is a nightmare to go through every post, looking for broken links and to fix them!

You can see all the posts that document the series by clicking here. I am still adding to this project using mostly digital booths to create the images.

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1 April 2001, Chadstone, Melbourne

With my gorgeous nephew, Cal. This was taken at Chadstone Shopping Centre, a favourite place for my sister to shop, (and shop and shop . . .), when she is in Melbourne. I never go there unless she is visiting from Dublin. Cal is now 16 and is subjected to a photobooth sitting every time he visits. His mum often sends me booth photos for my birthday and Xmas presents, too.

This strip of photos comes from my series Photobooth 41 Year Project. You can see all the posts that document the series by clicking here. I am still adding to this project using mostly digital booths to create the images.

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January 2001, Luna Park, Melbourne

Me with my travelling companion and friend, Helen. This was taken in my favourite photobooth at Luna Park in Melbourne. Helen was visiting from the UK.

This strip of photos comes from my series Photobooth 41 Year Project. You can see all the posts that document the series by clicking here. I am still adding to this project using mostly digital booths to create the images.

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My previous post about Jeff Nachtigall came about through his image and mine appearing on the same page of Meags Fitzgerald’s photobooth book. Another photobooth aficionado, Violeta Tayeh also appeared on the same page.

Here is some of Violeta’s story in her own words –

I only came across photobooths in 2010 through a relationship I had developed with Dirklancer (Jeff Nachtigall) through the Lomography Society website. There he posted a link to his personal blog, The Art of Waiting where he held a photobooth competition.

The lomography community always has online photo competitions with different themes in mind and between 2007 and 2010, I always entered. I’d tell my husband we needed to go to the beach because I wanted to take some shots to enter a comp. That was not unusual. So entering Jeff’s was not a stretch at all. It was just a different type of camera.

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Violeta’s competition entry

Jeff sent me a link to photobooth.net and I used their locator to find some photobooths in my area. Turned out that all the booths in Maryland and Washington DC were either out of service, or removed. I looked up Philadelphia, located 3 booths to visit and made a day trip out of it. 

I painted my own backgrounds (see above).  I fell in love with this form of photography that day. The problem is that a few months after these strips were taken, we went back to visit Philly and the store which had the booth was closed down. The photobooth was auctioned off. Since there weren’t many booths near me, I tried to visit booths when we’d go on vacation somewhere, like this one: 

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The last day we went snowboarding for the season

So up until the Photobooth Convention in 2014, I had taken less than 25 strips, so not too much art making was going on. But at the convention, my husband and I took over 50 strips together in two days! Definitely wished I could have stayed for the last day. I probably would have been able to make larger pieces with multiple strips. It’s difficult trying to make artwork with more than two strips when someone else is waiting in line to use the booth so I didn’t try to do that but I did pick up a few techniques from talking to others there.

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