Maybe it has to do with my love for the movie Amelie, but I looove having my picture taken at those shopping mall photo booths. Metrotown in Burnaby used to have a few including an Asian sticker photo booth, but the last time I braved that busy mall there were none to be found. Chilliwack’s Cottonwood Mall still has a colour photo booth in a corner next to the food court, as does Langley’s Willowbrook Mall near the entrance by the flower shop. Unfortunately, they seem to be dying… especially in metropolitan areas.
When I was at the book store the other day, I found a paperback called American Photobooth by Nakki Goranin which I briefly enjoyed flipping through. I love how snapshots and photo booth strips are instant and available to all. Something about how the flash overexposes each frame tells a brutal story of its subject. Who is this person and why has she decided to have her photo taken? Was this planned or spur of the moment?
It’s not often that I visit a photo booth, but when I do it is to record a moment in time for me to reminisce about when I’m older. Either that, or to marvel at how awful some of my haircuts have been!
*All photo booth pictures seen here have been taken over the course of four years