A Day Zero Project goal of P.J.’s has been completed!
Goal completed: Take pictures in a photo booth.
Date completed: October 26, 2014
Description: Basically, to find an older photo booth and take photos in it. I wanted to try and avoid the newer digital ones, rather get one of the old ones that process photos.
Why I wanted to do it: Photo booths once dotted the landscape of many places. In recent times, the older and “real photo” ones have disappeared. Places that still have them have gone digital as it’s easier and likely quite cheaper. Now, over the years I have fully switched from film to digital photography. I like instant gratification and like being able to make changes to my settings on the fly. That being said, my background is film. I had a darkroom growing up. I was a darkroom technician (seriously, I made an extra $75 a week in my paycheck for that) at the first weekly newspaper I worked at. I still, sometimes, will shoot a roll of film for the fun of it. So, needless to say, I still appreciate film.
And I realize it’s a dying art.
Therefore, to have the chance with a photo booth to do it old-school, I couldn’t resist. I’m not much for getting my photo taken, but with something like this, I truly do enjoy the feel of it. The experience itself was even better, but I’ll explain that more below.
How I did it: Knowing I was going to New York City for a work conference, I made plans to meet a couple of geocaching friends — Heather and Jim — for dinner and to hang out for a bit. Heather is a super guide whenever I go to NYC, so I mentioned this idea. Utilizing the website photobooth.net, we found a few that seemed doable. We ended up only being able to do one, which is fine, but this made me want to visit more of these beautiful machines. And with this awesome website, it will make it much easier to find them.
As for the one we chose — it couldn’t have been better. We went to The Smith Lincoln Center. Once there, we asked a waiter if this machine was anywhere to be found and he noted it was downstairs, near the bathrooms. Indeed it was. The women’s bathroom on the left, the men’s on the right and shared sinks in the middle. And right there was the photo booth. A father and son were doing their photo when we arrived, so it was cool to see the excitement on the kid’s face. For $3.00, you got the normal four photos and had to wait five minutes for the photos to be done being processed.
We did our photos and waited for them to be done. As we were leaving, the person who maybe repairs/collects money came in and was going to the machine. He made mention of the darkness on the bottom of the final photo maybe being because too many people. Either way, after allowing the image to dry, I put it in a safe place to take home.
These machines are really quite fun to find and use, especially the older ones. I’m going to keep tabs on the website to be able to find a few more in my travels. And, maybe, one day I’ll get the chance to go to their International Photobooth Convention. It looks like quite a blast.
About P.J.’s Day Zero Project: Day Zero is a project where people come up with 101 things to do over 1001 days. I started the project on August 1, 2014 with an anticipated finish date of April 28, 2017. Goals will not be revealed until they are completed. A private list is at the Day Zero website and the list will be made public upon completion of the project. It’s my thoughts that if things are kept private, should I not do them, change or find a way around it, I’d only be cheating myself.