Photo-Silhouette Booth

Daniel Soltis, Kate Monahan, Jeff A. Sable, Scott Varland (2006)


From the website:

An upgrade of the traditional photobooth that will enhance its narrative potential, provide new context for how portraits are captured by interrupting the typical dynamic of posing for the camera, and increase interactivity through the implementation of dynamically rendered, stylized graphical representations of the user in real time.

A photobooth provides users with a chance to playfully record a few moments in time, while providing a semi-private space in a public environment. However, photobooth interfaces are often overly complex, and many photobooth portraits are poorly framed or show people who look self-conscious or surprised.

This video photobooth enhances and plays with ideas of mini-narratives and privacy while providing a more intuitive interface and helping the user more easily overcome self-consciousness.

Upon entering the photobooth, users see themselves on a camera screen in silhouette, and they are able to interact with different elements on the screen simply by moving their bodies. This is inherently fun and encourages users to pose unselfconsciously in ways that are not traditionally associated with photobooth portraits and that create more interesting images. Interaction with the screen is ongoing, and users choose when to begin taking a series of four pictures

The photobooth itself is self-contained and enclosed, but images from the photobooth are shown both inside and outside the booth. Still photos that are taken in the photobooth are added to an ongoing display/slide show outside the booth, so that users see previous users images and can add theirs to the growing repository. Thus, users are able to create and record a mini-narrative of their own experience while contributing to the larger story of this particular photobooth.

More info on the project from the NYU ITP Winter Show in 2006.

Contributed by Brian