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12 May 1999, Melbourne

I took this strip of photos after a meeting at the greeting card company John Sands. I was still running my own greeting card publishing business but my health was beginning to fail. I was looking for options outside self-employment but still within the industry. I am not entirely sure what I expected of the meeting but nothing eventuated from it.

I imagine this was taken in one of the Flinders Street photobooths but as I made no record of the location, I cannot be sure.

This strip of photos is the first I have posted this year from my series Photobooth 41 Year Project. You can see all the posts that document the series by clicking here.


13 January 1998, Spencer Street Station, Melbourne

This strip was taken on the way to see a movie in Melbourne’s city centre. It was The Devil’s Advocate with Al Pacino. I hated it.

This strip is part of the series Photobooth 41 Year Project. You can see all the posts that document the series by clicking here.

I recently wrote a post about a party for my friend Marie-Louise, that I was excited to be going to. One of my readers recognised her as an actor, so I have decided to show you this more recent, professional photo. It comes from her profile at the agency that represents her.

Her full name is Marie-Louise Walker and her IMDb page is here.

Still stunning Mar-Lou!


This is the original photobooth photo of my fabulously gorgeous friend, that I posted on 7 December.  It was taken in a Melbourne photobooth in 1996.


After reading the post 365 Days, 52 Weeks from WordPress’s own blog, I felt inspired to get back to
my personal chronology of booth photos, which was the inspiration for my starting this blog in 2011. I will endeavour to add at least one strip of photos from the series each week for the 52 weeks of 2013. So with that in mind, I start the year with the next in the series, below.

Happy New Year to you all. I hope 2013 is inspirational and fun for us all.


2 November 1997, Spencer Street Station, Melbourne

This strip was taken at a Melbourne train station, after I had been to visit my friend Liarne. I went to stay with her at a house she was renting at the seaside town of Torquay, where she still lives.

This strip is part of the series Photobooth 41 Year Project. You can see all the posts that document the series by clicking here.

There is something about this photobooth diva that reminds me of one of national treasures, Ms Kylie Minogue. (See pictures, below.) Affectionately known in Australia, as Our Kylie, the dininutive singer has also, at various times in her career, been tagged with the honorifics Goddess of PopPrincess of PopDisco Queen, and the less than flattering Singing Budgie.

And like Kylie, isn’t this lady cute, cute, cute? This strip dates from the 1950s and originated in the U.S of A.

25 October 1997, Luna Park, Melbourne

Despite having taken many long hours trying to get all my booth photos in chronological order, my desperately depleted brain seems to have worked against me most spectacularly. For the project with Dick Jewell I initially put all the strips of me alone in booths, in what I thought was the correct order. For phase two of the project I added images of myself and others in booths taken in Australia and around the world. As soon as I thought I’d cracked it, new pics would turn up from some long forgotten box or I’d realise that all those lovely sequences from June to August 1998 were actually a mix of June to August 1998 and 1999.

I really should have changed my hairstyle more often, then such mistakes would have been immediately obvious. To cut a long and frustrating story short, after a considerable break, I now return to adding some of the photos from the series that sparked my passion for photobooth photographs. I hope I’ve finally got everything in the right order.

This picture is one of a strip of four. I am pictured with my dear buddy Coral whom I met when travelling in South America with Helen. Coz was here from France to visit relatives. When we first met in Peru in 1989, she was taking time off from teaching in Sydney. She travelled in the Americas for two years before briefly returning home, prior to decamping to live in a 13th century water mill in France.

If you have a hankering to visit the wilds of the Midi-Pyrénées Coral now runs a successful Bed and Breakfast business from the mill, Moulin du Goth, with her husband Bill. She and Bill have spent many back-breaking years restoring the mill and garden (with a little help from the snail erradication experts, Moana and I). They deservedly receive return visits from guests from all over the world.

This strip is part of the series Photobooth 41 Year Project. You can see all the posts that document the series by clicking here.

I love these two images from 1930s Germany. They remind me of my maternal grandmother who had a fondness for fox in the same era in Australia. I wore her arctic fox fur muff and matching stole to many costume parties when I was in my late teens.

She also had a grey fox stole whose little mouth was a clip that attached to the tail, as it seems to do in this lady’s example. Despite the fact they are desperately not PC, I mourned their loss when I discovered they had moulted completely while in storage during one of my forays overseas.

Looking at this woman I uncharitably mentioned to a friend that she looked a bit like a fox, but my companion could not agree. “Nope, Kat, not a fox. Definitely a ferret.” Either way we agree that she has something of a small furry creature about her, that ties in well with her fashion choice.

27 July 1997, Luna Park, Melbourne

Rosie, the daughter of my friends Del and Linds of London, came to visit me in Australia just before her 17th birthday.

Adjectives to describe Ros –

  • beautiful
  • intelligent
  • sensitive
  • compassionate
  • quirky
  • funny
  • articulate
  • exasperating
  • loveable
  • gorgeous
  • messy
  • loyal
  • messy
  • adorable
  • messy

With reference to the repeated appearance of the word messy to describe my adopted sister, I was still finding jelly tots in odd places in the room in which Rosie slept, three months after her departure.

This strip is part of the series Photobooth 41 Year Project. You can see all the posts that document the series by clicking here.

Here are two chirpy Aussie chap-ettes, having fun on a day out in Melbourne. Looking distinctly middle-class and dare I say it, very private-school, no worries seem to have ever clouded their young faces. I wonder how life is treating them thirteen years later?

Despite the photo being torn and crumpled, I can’t help feeling this photo was lost rather than deliberately tossed. There is nothing really wrong with it, that I can see. Still there loss is our gain.

I found this at Melbourne Central underground railway station on the 9th of October 1999.

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