Katherine, 2011

I am a collector. I love art objects. I love books. I love curiosities. I love vintage photos. This blog documents my main photographic passion, photobooth photos.

My collection includes photos of myself, friends and family. I also have a growing collection of found photos and older examples of booth pics that I have bought on-line and in junk shops around the world.

In August of 2013, after many years of unexplained, serious health issues, I was diagnosed with a genetic condition called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) which is also known as Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (JHS).  It is the cause of my ME/CFS symptoms, so my previous diagnosis still stands : I now have a clearer idea of why I am so unwell. EDS/JHS is a hereditary connective tissue disorder that is caused by a defect in the structure, production, or processing of collagen or proteins that interact with collagen. Collagen is an important contributor to the physical strength of skin, joints, muscles, ligaments, blood vessels and visceral organs; abnormal collagen renders these structures more elastic. This leads to many and various digestive, pain, blood pressure, adrenaline and fatigue related symptoms that are extremely unpleasant and debilitating.

As my everyday activities and social life are limited by my illness, I started this blog as a creative outlet and a means of maintaining contact with the outside world. Comments and questions are very welcome. I always do my best to respond to my readers quickly but sometimes it may take a little longer than I would ideally like. Eventually I will get back to everyone, I hope.

For anyone who is interested in learning more about Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, you can click here to go to this informative UK based website.

Katherine Anne Griffiths

Australia

101 comments
  1. Della Holbrook said:

    Great, Kathy! How long till you publish the photos?! Lots of love, Del xxx

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    • Hi Del
      It will be a slow process. You can subscribe to the blog and it will automatically let you know when there are new listings. I think I may be able to link it to facebook, so that the new posts are listed there, also. xxx

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  2. Rachel said:

    We love it…Rach xxx

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  3. Hi Katherine I love the concept of your blog. It’s a great creative outlet when limited by your illness. Blogs are amazing things, we find connections in the strangest of places. How funny we both used Spicks and Specks – great minds think alike. Hope youre feeling bright today Sue

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    • Hi Sue, Thanks for the comment. Yes, that is how I found you through the Spicks and Specks tag. It is also funny that I assumed you were a man from your art work! Looking forward to seeing more of your art.

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  4. Dear Kathy,
    Thank you for the follow and for the kind comments. Your own project sounds fascinating and I look forward to further blogs.
    Am very sorry to hear of your condition. I’ve had a similar post-viral condition myself and it’s hard to have to manage your life, instead of just being able to live it freely.
    Good luck with coping with that and with your project.
    All best,
    Jean

    PS You look very stylish in your photo!

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    • I am sorry to hear that you have also had health troubles. I hope it has completely cleared up.

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  5. Hi Katherine
    I guess my artwork isn’t exactly dainty. I never would have dreamt that it wasn’t obvious so it was an interesting observation. I rarely sign my artwork and usually put my initial and surname so I now wonder if others see my work that way too. Cheers Ms Sue.

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    • Could be good for your sales, Sue! I think there is still a distinct prejudice against female made art in the art and popular press.

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  6. Katherine, I collect photo booth photos too!!! In fact, I had my own pictures taken in a photo booth just yesterday. Some of them appear on my tumblr page which you can find through my blog. I look forward to seeing this blog grow and prosper.

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    • If I didn’t have most of my stuff in storage, i’d scan some of my vintage bathing suit photos to send to you. I have a small series from Argentina, all taken by itinerant photographers in the 30s and 40s. Need days to explore all your wonderful collections! Must go back to sleep now.

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  7. I’ve just stumbled across your blog. Brilliant! It’s taken me straight back to the 70’s and cramming into photo booths with school friends.

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  8. Nancy Platt said:

    Hi Katherine, I am sorry to hear about your serious health condition. I am sending you positive healing thoughts and prayers. I too have a real draw to photo booth pictures. I have started a photo booth scrapbook of my own. Whenever I see a photo booth I take the opportunity to grab a friend and jump it. I have some old photo booth pictures from when I was a kid too. I also have some old photos from the 1930’s of family members taken in photo booths. What a fun thing to collect. I would share some with you if you would like. I am in Michigan, USA.

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  9. Wonderful blog Katherine, I’m fascinated by photobooths and think your blog is great.

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    • ps I also have ME so I appreciate how poorly the condition can make you feel.

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        • I had a formal diagnosis about 5 years ago although I have been living with it for almost 15 years. You said you were diagnosed last year but how long have you had it?

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  10. You probably all ready have it but Babbette Hine’s photobooth book is beautiful (isbn 978-1568983813) it includes a history of the photobooth followed by the photos themselves.

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    • Thanks Richard. I do have it and many others. I also collect books about photobooth photos and have 12 or so. Surprisingly, I have barely scratched the surface.

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      • Henning said:

        Hey Katherine,

        I just stumbled accross your blog – really inspiring, great theme. Love it!

        Would you mind posting a list of all your photobooth-books for your readers -> me 🙂 ? I’d really like to “dig deeper”…

        Thanks in advance & all the best to you.
        Regards,

        Henning

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        • Hi Henning
          Yes I have been thinking about doing that for a long while now. My poor health limits what I can get done but the ideas are always there! In the meantime you could check out photobooth.net ‘s listings of photobooth books. I hope to give a more comprehensive visual overview of the titles I have in my collection, many of which I sourced through their list, which only illustrates the covers. Thanks for leaving a comment. Why don’t you subscribe? Katherine

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          • Henning said:

            Hey Katherine,

            I am wishing you all the best with regards to your illness. Sorry about that.

            I did take a look at photobooth.net, that’s a real good resource! Thought I subscribed already… I grabbed your RSS-feed now for further posts, looking forward!

            Take care.
            Hennning

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  11. doliphoto said:

    Hi, thanks for visiting and following my blog 🙂

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    • Just worked out that you did a blog post about my blog! Thank you so much! Sorry to be so slow on the uptake. Best wishes, Katherine

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    • nancy platt said:

      i too was at the 67 Expo in Montreal. What is the site. I would love to check it out.

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      • Hi Nancy. Yes, I thought that too but it is a ping-back from a reblog and it is referring to my blog. I’d also love to see a blog devoted to Expo 67 photobooth photos!

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  12. nancy platt said:

    yes, it would be nice to have a site like that. I thought it sounded too good to be true. LOL

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  13. ponky said:

    What a great IDEA 🙂 great blog too!!!

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  14. 28mmf2 said:

    Make sure that book gets published – these are fascinating! Thanks for the likes and comments. Following.

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    • Thanks so much but I am only publishing online for now. A book would be nice though, of course. Your photos are so wonderful I was thinking a book should be where you are headed too!

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      • 28mmf2 said:

        Thank you – not sure my themeless approach would work as a book but I might give it a go one day! Your images have real human interest and a very coherent theme – it must be worth a try. I’d buy it!

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  15. Hi Katherine- I’m so glad I stumbled across your wonderful blog! I was wondering if you’d be interested in doing a guest post on my blog The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things, on the topic of Dick Jewell’s ‘Found Photos’ project? It could take any format you wish, but I usually encourage my guest bloggers to try and articulate why they find a particular object or idea ridiculously interesting.It also might be a good way to promote the interesting film he made with your photobooth images, and to promote your cool blog to my readers. Let me know if you’re interested! chelsea.nichols@gmail.com

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  16. Hello Photobooth Journal! I really enjoy your blog and so I have nominated you for a Liebster Award. Check out my blog to play along and pay it forward if you so choose! Cheers!

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  17. Kimberly said:

    My pleasure!

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  18. Jack Brewis said:

    Katherine Anne Griffiths, you have a very beautiful blog!

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    • Jack Brewis, I am inordinately chuffed by your compliment. Thank you. I’m off to check you out.

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    • You were hard to find, but I was determined! Good luck with the blog. I look forward to reading more.

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      • Thanks a lot. I’ve got lots of stuff on my tumblr, but sure, I’ll post more right now. 🙂

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  19. Owyn said:

    Your photo booth project is fantastic. Keep it up, I admire your dedication. I would really appreciate your opinion on my latest creation at: owynwilliams.wordpress.com

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    • Thanks Owyn. I did check out your blog. I loved your virtual robot! Thanks for all the “Likes” of yesterday.

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  20. Katherine, I’m so glad you dropped in on my blog. I enjoyed my perusal of your photos. I hope we’ll keep in touch. Take good care. I live near Toronto, Ontario in Canada. It is exciting, isn’t it, how the web can make these exchanges of ideas possible?!

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    • Thanks Gwen. I love the web, too. I am a big fan of Canada. A friend I studied with many years ago lives in Toronto. I was lucky enough to be able to visit her there at one point. Such a lovely city. I felt immediately at home.

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  21. John said:

    Hi Katherine. I thought you live in the States. Duh! I wish you could go to the photo booth show in Chicago, it would be so fantastic for you. The flip side is (to use a cliche’) there is no place like home. Hope you are well. 👍

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    • Trying my best to be well but doctors like to experiment on me at times. Recently has had negative consequences for me. Good in spirit though and glad to have found you and your fabulous photo blog. One day I will get to a convention, I hope.

      PS I did live in Arizona for 2 months so some of your landscapes have a familiar feel to them.

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      • John said:

        wow, isn’t Arizona fabulous! I was first there in 1977 as a junior in high school (living in Michigan) with my father as a helping hand when we raced 1/4 mile drag boats on Firebird Lake in Phoenix.

        And thank you so much for the wonderful appreciation Katherine. Now I will think of you when capturing in and around the valley. I so love to see new posts from you. Always so interesting and fascinating. Be well my friend!

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  22. Claus Borgelt said:

    Hi Katherine,
    what a great photo-booth journal, especially the old photo-weigh pictures from the 30’s I like most.
    I’m a collector of weighing-machines for more than 40 years. I already got more than 10 photo-weigh-Pictures form UK, Germany and France (Moulin Rouge). Up to now I’ve never seen a Photo-Weigh-Booth, I’m still looking for it even a Photo or a Picture is helpfull. Is there an existing Photo-Weigh-Booth anywhere in Europe? Do you have any further information about these combined machines Weighing-machine and Photobooth?

    If you like, I will send my little collection of Photo-Weigh-Pictures to you via email.
    All the best
    Claus
    Germany

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  23. Brett said:

    Hi, Kathy, your blog concept and the photobooth images are terrific! Best, Brett

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  24. My cousin has EDS… she is mostly well, but has terrible flair ups. So sorry this impacts you, but love this blog! Spending much of my morning going back through post. Again, so glad Ted sent me. 😉

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    • Good for Ted and thank you for the attention!, I’m sorry to hear you have a cousin with EDS. as an inherited disorder, I am guessing others in your family are affected? Unfortunately if effects my blood pressure so badly that I am limited a lot in what I can do. Now having an iPad, I can blog lying down! That helps a lot!

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  25. Hey! I am intrigued, amused and fascinated by your photobooth obsession, and i love it. What an excellent thing to do. I wish i had some to send you, but sadly…. Now, which part of Leicestershire did you live in? I was in Quorn for ten, or was it eleven years, worked at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. Interesting to read about the EDS. maybe one day we will talk about all this together.

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    • Hi Tony, Thanks for your message. I guessed you were a doctor due to your xray pics. I love your obsession, too! I lived in South Knighton and worked in Shepshed, so not that far from where you lived, I’d guess.

      If you have any ideas about EDS I’d love to chat!

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  26. Hi Katherine,
    I just found your blog via a comment you left on Hero Culte, and am so glad I did as it’s wonderful. I was quite surprised to click your About page and find someone who, like me, is an Australian with the combination of ME/CFS and hypermobility. I’m also blogging for the same reasons as you, to have an outlet and a line to the ‘outside world’. If you ever want to chat, feel free to email me. Meanwhile, I will be adding you to my blog links :).

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    • Hi Christine,
      Thanks for getting in touch. I’m glad you like my blog! Yes, it is very surprising we both have the same dreaded combination of illnesses. It would be great to chat sometime. I am off for my first weekend away in three years, so maybe when I get back? That is, if I haven’t completely collapsed by then!

      I had a quick look at your blog. It is very impressive. You certainly know and love music. Were you too ill to blog from 2008 to 2016? I hope that was not the reason. Which blog platform is it on? I couldn’t work that out. I like your taste. I have a cassette by Conchita Velasco, I think it is called Chica ye ye. I had no idea that that was a style of French pop music.I adore Serge Gainsborough, France Gall and others whose names I cannot recall just now. I have an amazing CD of bollywood music from the 1960s that epitomises what you do on your blog. I bet you have it. This is my favourite 60s Indian pop song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnBbjc5hmho&list=FLBr3pg_UveWeIqOhWnOr_qQ&index=49

      Get in touch anytime. Lovely to “meet” you. Kate

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      • Christine said:

        Hi Kate. Thanks for your kind words about my blog. Yes and no to being too ill to do it for that time. It certainly made it take longer for me to get back to it than I wanted.

        Yep, yé-yé is early-to-mid 60s French pop/rock. Spain also adopted the term after the French and that’s why you get a song like ‘Chica ye-ye’. I was hoping the link would be to ‘Jaan Pehechaan Ho’ – my favourite too! (Thank you, Ghost World).

        My blog platform is Serendipity: http://www.s9y.org/

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  27. Deanne Lawn said:

    Kate,

    So lovely to stumble upon you in my search for avid photoboothers. I hear they are taking the last remaining booth from Flinders St Station this Sunday!!! What can we do???? I do hope it is going to a good home!

    Kindest regards
    Deanne

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    • Where did you hear that? I’m in shock as I have a visit planned for Monday! Arrrgh!

      Thanks for commenting and for letting me know.

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  28. What a story Katherine; wow! You are a real trooper! And I love this ‘photobooth’ concept! Think I’ll peruse about, see what trouble I can get into. 😉

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