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Fully Automatic Cardboard Photo Booth Yields Timeless Silver Gelatin Photos

Falling somewhere in the “really cool idea” category, this fully-automatic, working photo booth is made entirely out of cardboard. Everything from the outside to the gears, cogs and belts that make up the innards is all cardboard and 100% automatic. To use the machine all you have to do is insert your cardboard token and then sit perfectly still while the box exposes, develops and fixes a silver-gelatin photograph of you and yours.

Creator Julia Bradshaw hopes that this will help bring some of the mystery, magic and patience back to photography, especially for the young-ins out there. But whether or not it does that, there’s no denying that it does give you a healthy dose of is “cool,” or maybe “awesome.” Check out the video to see the booth in action or click here to head over to the Slow Photography site for more info.

(via DEVELOP Tube)


 
 
  • http://twitter.com/DavidRayPhoto DavidRay Photography

    Cool…she seemed a little short with the interviewer, though.

  • Ranger 9

    Right, those are cardboard LEDs you see early in the film, and cardboard strobe heads a bit later… and presumably the silver gelatin prints are developed in cardboard trays… I think not. I think that when she says “…a cardboard box, and wheels and gears and belts,” she means only that the box is cardboard, not all the inner works.

    Still, she’s right, it IS an amusingly silly idea — it reminds me a bit of Calvin with his transmogrifier box — so I guess how it actually works isn’t relevant to the concept.

    Then again, maybe that was why she was short with the interviewer… afraid he might start asking for too many details.

  • http://www.facebook.com/fjburridge John Burridge

    Very cool, but the suggestion that there was a person inside seemed to throw her off, or at least irritate her. Hmm… Also, everyone was sitting with their back to the window which seems disadvantageous for making a portrait when all the other other technology is so handmade.

  • http://www.facebook.com/fjburridge John Burridge

    Very cool, but the suggestion that there was a person inside seemed to throw her off, or at least irritate her. Hmm… Also, everyone was sitting with their back to the window which seems disadvantageous for making a portrait when all the other other technology is so handmade.