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Friday, 15 April 2011

Flashback Friday...Photo Booths


These days with the advent of digital photography, our children have the ability to snap themselves on their cameras, their mobile phones and their web cams at their whim.  There are literally thousands of photos that my kids have taken of themselves stored on our hard drives.  The pic in the mirror, the point at yourself and pout shot, the constant stream of comedy photographs taken during car journeys to keep them entertained. The opportunities are endless! 

Looking back at my childhood, photography was expensive and taking photographs was limited to the 24 exposures you had on your roll of film.  There was no instant gratification as you had to send the film away to be developed and then wait in anticipation for the envelope of photographs to be returned.  Probably 50 % would be rubbish, but you'd hope for at least 5 good shots that you could be proud of!

That was why the Photo Booths played such a big role in our childhoods.  Piling ourselves into the little cubicle, drawing the curtain, squeezing onto the stool before popping our cash into the slot was a ritual carried out when we went into town shopping.  Nowadays booths are really only for passport photos, producing 4 identical shots for an exorbitant fee!  Back then, it was an opportunity to pull silly faces, jump in on your friend's pose and generally act daft, capturing the moment forever on the iconic strip of photos that were delivered to you from the machine.  The anticipation of seeing the snaps while you waited, trying to guess the moment when your still wet photographs would be spat out so you could quickly snatch them up in order to be the first to see them, was such a buzz!

My Flashback Friday entry plays homage to the photo booths of my youth!





13 comments:

  1. Aww what a fab collection, a huge collection! Now everything is digital all the fun has gone. I remember sending off rolls of films or taking them to a shop and you would return a few days later, the excitement of what they might turn out like was sometimes too much! :-) x

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  2. I love the booth shots! I remember trying to get 4 or 5 of us in there but there was always that person at the back that never got seen, they really were only made for 1 weren't they, but didn't stop us trying!
    x

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  3. What a fab set of photo booth photos! When I was a teenager we were always going into town and taking photos of ourselves- how I wish I had kept them now!

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  4. Haha such a brilliant collection. SO right about photobooths being so great that you could instantly get your photos and you could have a giggle. I have a great photo were me and about 7 of my school friends squeezed in a booth. I'll have to dig it out for a future FF post :) xxx

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  5. Photo booths were such a laugh weren't they? What a great thing to bring up for flashback Friday! The photos are great x

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  6. What a great set of photos!

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  7. OMG! How brilliant! You're making me want to find the nearest photo booth and take some piccies! ;)

    Thanks so much for linking up for Flashback Friday. ;)

    Karin

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  8. what a brilliant idea - I never kept anything like that - my parents were from the minimal side of the street and EVERYTHING got binned - I love that you kept this stuff x

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  9. I have big tin full of these - it was a regular saturday afternoon activity my friends and me! Great memories. Love black and white photo booths - flattering photos too.

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  10. Classic fun! I did this too loads with my friends and we'd cut each photo and swap them around. We'd then stick the photos together in a long line and fold them up concertina style. It was kind of good to have a really long line of photos.
    Great flashback

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  11. I have big tin full of these - it was a regular saturday afternoon activity my friends and me! Great memories. Love black and white photo booths - flattering photos too.

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  12. Haha such a brilliant collection. SO right about photobooths being so great that you could instantly get your photos and you could have a giggle. I have a great photo were me and about 7 of my school friends squeezed in a booth. I'll have to dig it out for a future FF post :) xxx

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