Each Friday, I post a different photobooth frame or strip from my personal collection and write about it on my blog. In my 36 years of living, I’ve built up quite a collection — personal strips taken at drugstores, amusement parks, restaurants, nightclubs (at so many different stages of my life), as well as beautiful old strips I thankfully inherited from parents and grandparents and other relatives. And my collection is not limited to personal strips — there are also vintage ones that I’ve found in the bottom of boxes at fleamarkets or junk stores or that others have thoughtfully passed on to me.
The idea behind this weekly creative exercise is as simple as this: share the image and tell the story, be it fictional or non-fictional. Also: it’s a place to share a collection that means the world to me. It’s motivation to write every Friday. It’s reason to drop everything and go out and find the nearest photobooth.
I invite all to participate once a week, once a month, once a year, whenever and however. The only thing better than sharing my own photobooth strips and stories are the ones posted by others that I get to check out each and every weekend.
Weekly entries and links are posted on my blog — as well as the Photobooth Friday flickr group.
To get there:
First, a very typical, stressful "last day before vacation" 8 hours at work.
30 minutes of high stress trying to flag down a cab in midtown (right at 5 pm, of course).
1 hour cab ride to JFK.
3 hour wait at the airport.
6.5 hour flight to Frankfurt, Germany.
1.5 hour layover in Frankfurt (where I paid $6 for a bottle of water!).
11.5 hour flight from Frankfurt to Singapore (had a row of three seats all to myself on this flight, so I cannot complain at all about this long stretch of the journey. Slept like a baby).
2 hour layover in Singapore.
1.5 hour flight from Singapore to Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
15 minutes to get through immigration (very fast!)
30 minute taxi ride from airport to the hotel where my wife was staying at in Phnom Penh.
10 minute tuk-tuk ride from hotel to bus station.
6 hour bus from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap.
15 minute taxi ride from bus station to our hotel in Siem Reap.
Upon arrival at the hotel, I had my first Cambodian beer, an Angkor.
Followed by an incredible meal — a sweet and sour fish dish, and fish amok.
And after a night of rest in which my body tried to reconcile its many hours of travel with the whole time change thing (Read: bad sleep), we got up early and took in the sunrise at Angkor Wat, the first of many temples we were able to visit.
Much more on the Cambodia trip to come. It was amazing.
See also pictures at Flickr. We took almost 1,000 pictures… many more to post.
I started taking these Tree Photos in January 2005. April and May are amazing months to observe – it’s when the green leaves start appearing on the branches. That moment when I run up that path and I see that what was just days before only branches is now a luminous sea of green – it’s a beautiful site, a wonder to observe and experience.