Articles in the Decor Category
A popular draw at retro venues and events, the retro photobooth is taking the the spotlight with its own premises in the heart of Brighton’s North Laine. Photomatic at 22 Gardner Street promises “spontaneous studio quality hijinx with an array of masks, backdrops and daft props”. Here founder Eddie Hepburne Scott makes the case for drawing the curtain on smartphone selfies…
I’ve always been enamoured by the immediacy and artistic possibilities of the photobooth and started making my own in 2012 for London’s Camden Market, All Star Lanes in Manchester and Brighton’s Snoopers’ Paradise. Previously I photographed the likes of Primal Scream and Spiritualized for Arena, The Face and i-D.
People have enjoyed photobooths as far back as the late 1800s, but in the 1990s the fun was lost when ID booths started offering one repeated image rather than four poses. Brighton is oozing with fun and creativity and people looking for a memory of their time here and the booths cater for all of those things.
Smartphones are great for capturing some things as they live in your pocket, but they almost never capture the decisive moment when photographing people. There is often a delay between pressing the shutter and the picture being taken so it’s easy to miss the action. Phone cameras are better than ever but they still don’t compare to the picture quality of professional studio equipment.