Third panel magic! (a photobooth update)

In case you missed it, I like photobooths! I’ve been collecting them for a long time– here’s another update on my latest favorite strips. I apologize for the image quality, though. My scanner is broken, so I’m attempting to use a camera instead. Anyways, this first set is great, so many fun things happening.

I dig the couple in the first strip. He’s so squinty! They manage a kiss in the third panel, and move on to making goofy faces. Fun folks. I have a theory that the third panel is where the magic happens, btw. The first picture bewilders many people and the second sets their sense of timing, but unless they’re experienced photoboothers, they don’t get it down pat until the third panel. Plus, you’re over the hump– it’s time to do something crazy before it all ends. Check out the third panel of strip two: he’s hilarious! Even Mr. Creepy Woodsman catches the bug in the third panel; what a transition from panel two, where he looks like he’s trying to burn down the photobooth with his eyes. Clearly the last couple’s third panel magic broke the booth. I’d cheer, but who likes a broken photobooth?

This is the “naughty” group. I’m not pointing any fingers, but the various shocked looks are a sure tell. What’s happening between frames?!

Here’s another photobooth phenomenon– the white girl gang sign. I’m definitely not the first person to notice this, but I might be a pioneer into researching the photobooth-related subgroup of this particular dataset. Clearly, I am gunning for a Nobel. In my acceptance speech, I plan to thank this guy, and this other guy, and to include this team of researchers as well. I may also take a moment to address those pictured in the photographs. Here is a quote from my rough draft– “HEY STUPID, YOU’RE NOT IN A GANG!”

What’s black and white and has 11 tongues? This photo set! (Hey, this joke killed at the Copa.)

This set is kind of a smorgasbord– a bit of tongue, some shocked looks, and a lone gang sign in the fourth panel of strip one. White tweens, represent!

Here’s a sad photobooth topic– the missed/denied kiss. Sometimes, as in the third panel of strip two (or the first panel of column three) it’s a matter of timing. Check that middle strip out again… clearly, she’s feeling the third panel magic, but swoops in a bit too late for the evidence to become part of the permanent record. It’s hard to see in the third column, but take my word for it, this is total kiss miss. They look happy in the second panel, though, don’t they? Now let’s dig strip one– it’s so sad. He’s done his best to impress through three panels, but doesn’t work up the nerve to kiss her until the 4th. And then… well, her look says it all, don’t you agree?

There’s no missed kisses here! Bonus points for third panel snuggling magic in column two, and a rarely seen “gospel album” pose in the last panel of strip three.

There’s so good coordination going on in the first strip in this set, plus, the lighting is good. I believe this particular strip may even have been temporarily displayed on the booth itself.

You’ll need to view it full to see, but check the lady’s face in strip two. It’s like the flashbulb woke her up or something! Strip three guards against too bright flash with Top Gun shades.

The girls in the third strip crack me up. They’re having a good time, but not nearly as enthusiastic as the lady in panel one of the last strip. “OMG! I’m in a photobooth!” Her life’s dream, realized.

This is our “modern art” section of the photostrip update. Young master Bill thumbs his nose at fate in strip one, mocking the ravages of nature as pictured in the middle panels. Is the woman in the final strip accepting, or unaware, of the danger nearby?

Babies! It’s always the same. You spend two bucks, and these ungrateful drool-buckets won’t look at the camera. LOL Check out the baby’s happy smile in panel two of the last strip.

Our final three sets are further examples of abstraction in photobooth photography. It’s too bad about these– the two bald ladies in strip five look like they’re having a good time (might this be a cancer survivor and a friend shaved in solidarity?) and the guy’s smile in the last panel of strip seven is fantastic. Plus, he’s with his baby boy, who looks pretty cute. I hope they ended up taking lots of other photos together! Finally, dig the ninth strip, for the lady in the checkered outfit. Is that some third panel magic happening for her? Hard to see, but I think the smile tells in the last panel!

If you want to see more of my photobooth collection, go here, and here, and here.

2 Responses to “Third panel magic! (a photobooth update)”

  1. barney Says:

    Here in UK practically every photobooth machine is now digital so therefroe there are no discarded pictures to pick up and keep. These pix I found recently when I was moving, they are from the mid 1980’s in London. Enjoy them if you can see them.

  2. startlingmoniker Says:

    These are great! I especially dig how a lot of them have folds and creases– mine don’t usually have this sort of wear. As usual, the random results of the dip ‘n dunk are all over the place. Thanks for sharing!

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