photobooth22:12:1999

Katherine, December 1999

This blog, Photobooth Journal, was originally started to document a collection of photobooth photos that make up a photographic journal of my life.

The series starts with one photo taken on a  trip to Melbourne shopping Mecca, Chadstone Shopping Centre in 1973, when I was 11 years old. The project is now entering its 43rd year.

Old chemical process booths are my favourite places to pose for a snap. They are still occasionally found around Melbourne but are harder and harder to locate, further and further away from where I live. Therefore I am not averse to slipping behind the curtains of a digital booth when the opportunity presents itself.

My collection includes photos of myself, friends and family in booths in Australia and around the world.

Rather than not include the many photos I have with people with whom I am no longer in touch and who I feel may be sensitive, I have decided to pixelate some faces. I wish to stay true to making this blog a document of the complete series by including all the photos, but without causing any upset.

My aim is to publish all the booth pictures of me alone and with others, in chronological order.  The stories that accompany the photographs are less important than the images themselves, and are mainly there to contextualise where and when the photos were taken.

The series can be seen in reverse order in my archives under the category Photobooth 41 Year Project (Archive) on the main page of this blog or click here. The archive will need to remain perpetually with the title Photobooth 41 Year Project as to change it would mean changing every link, in every post, every year from now on. Unfortunately, I am not up to that challenge!

Katherine Anne Griffiths

Australia

24 comments
  1. Lakshmi Loves To Shop said:

    Namaste…thank you for visiting and following my blog 🙂 Your blog is fabbo and I’m so glad I found you…

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  2. This is such a great idea you have here! 🙂 Did you know, when you were just beginning to take photo booth photos, that you would make it a practically life-long project?

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    • No,I didn’t think about it that way then. The project has been in full swing for only about 25 years and I get more and more obsessed with it as I get older.

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      • well, then it is good that you have some photos from back then (even though you weren’t actively working on it), so that you have plenty now 🙂

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  3. John said:

    Such a fun project! Hope you are well.

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  4. Thanks for checking out my blog, Katherine. I’ve always loved photobooths, I’m enjoting your project and seeing you thru the years in Jewell’s film. He did good. I’ve got some old strips we took at the Rainbow Club in the ’80s in Chicago. It was famous for it’s photobooth… the only bar I’ve known that had one. I’ll send you an image if you like.

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    • Those stories are wonderful Ted! Really enjoyed the three or four I got to. Yes, please send scans of any photobooth photos you’d like to share. I have posted others sent in by fellow bloggers on my blog. Would I be free to publish them? If no, please send anyway. I will honor your decision either way.

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  5. pictogrammer said:

    Fantastic. So glad I stumbled upon this! Thank you

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  6. I love this project and I nominate you for a Very Inspiring blogger award. Check out my last post:) My best wishes,
    Inese

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    • Hi Inese. Thanks so much for the nomination. I appreciate it very much. I will see what I need to do to continue with the process. I may not get around to doing it due to my health making things very difficult for me at this end, but I am thrilled you thought of my blog.

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      • No worries, take your time, it took me a week too. I so hope your health is improving!

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  7. picturehappytimes said:

    Did some great photo hunting yesterday. I also found some photoboot photographs (4). Nothing spectacuar, but If you want them, let me know how to send them to you.

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    • Hi Celia, Thank you for your message and the link to your Tumblr. I love it! Do you only collect photobooth photos of men? I must say it makes a very impressive collection, expecially with the gifs. Espero verte aquí de nuevo.

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  8. Such an interesting project. I am so looking forward to following your blog!

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