photo booth in action
Posted by carlotta on Monday June 16th, 2014 at 9:04pm
Last weekend we held a large party and friends came from far and wide to join us. I was struggling to figure out how to photograph the event but relax and enjoy it at the same time. I couldn’t just let the day slip away with no photos to remember it by.
Then I had an idea – I would let the guests photograph themselves. I set up a little photo booth in an out of the way corner. I put my old camera and flash on a tripod and attached a cable so that photos could be taken remotely. The theme of the day was 70s, so I used some 70s fabric for a backdrop, supplied a basket full of props and left everyone to it.
When I looked through the photos the results were so much more interesting then I had expected. I had hoped for a record of the event and what I had instead were some brilliant, funny, intimate self-portraits. The privacy of the photo booth seemed to encourage a freedom of expression: silliness, friendship, intimacy (there were a surprising number of photos of couples kissing…). I had the full gambit here, from all age groups. And I love that in almost every one you can see the process of picture-taking: the arm reaching forward to the camera. Best of all, sometimes the cable can be seen snaking towards to the camera from the remote control.
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