A couple weeks ago my good friend Amir sent me a link to these wonderful images of private photo booth moments; captured by Charlotte Niel. I instantly fell in love with them. There are some really great moments; a group of friends crammed together, a kissing couple, a little girl being hoisted up by her father. There is something so innocent and special about each image. I especially love the bright-saturated colors. Niel explains, her thoughts behind her beautiful series.
“How many times have we looked at an old photograph and wondered about the person in the frame? People or family members we never knew, set in places we never visited or that have changed beyond recognition. Photos are often the only means to link us to our past or the past of others. They help us not to forget. They become visual memories. For these reasons, I find it fascinating to watch what happens at photo booths at county fairs. People come with family and friends to celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, friendships or just to make an annual visit to the booths. For others, it is just a way to capture who they are or with whom they are at that moment, on their own private stage. The result is a body of work of people who shared with me moments that took place in front of and behind the curtain, documented for unknown viewers. With my camera, it became a transformation of a private moment into a public one.”