The last time I was in a photo booth was probably during the Ford administration, so this was a treat. I loved getting the instant results and seeing everyone's expressions. The results told a lot about their personalities.
The experience reminded me of a project mixed-media fiber artist Jane LaFazio created for my book Mixed-Media Self-Portraits: Inspiration & Techniques.
Jane created a quilted version of a photo booth strip she had taken with her husband, cropped him out, and then used fabric and embellishments to re-create her expressions.
It got me thinking of other ways you could use photo booth strips-or the concept of photo booth strips-as inspiration for mixed-media art.
- Use markers to color in details on black-and-white or sepia strips. (You can scan color images into the computer and turn them to grayscale or de-saturate them.)
- Turn them into a foursome of Warhol-style images by enlarging the individual images, altering the color, and posterizing them with photo-editing software.
- Enlarge the strip, mount on canvas or sturdy paper, and collage over the images, adding hats, backgrounds, silly props, and quotes.
- Make it mini: add collage elements and so on, then scan strip, print it onto shrink-film, punch a hole into the top, and bake to create a mixed-media pendant. Or separate the images and create charms the same way.
- Create indivdual portraits by enlarging the images and trace the outlines of faces onto fabric or paper adding stitching, acrylic paint, etc.
Next time you encounter a photo booth, take the time to create some face portraits you can use as inspiration for self-portraits and other mixed-media art. Make them funny, moody, or silly, then experiment back in your studio.
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P.S. Have you been in a photo booth recently or do you have memories of the old-timey ones? Share your thoughts about them below.