I can hardly breeze by a bubblegum machine without capturing it on film! That is, unless I’ve already taken plenty of photos of a particular one. In that case, I can do a better job at resisting.
I can’t really describe where my infatuation stems from. The memories of my childhood, perhaps? I actually find it interesting that the dispensers remain intact despite the condition they’re in! I mourn the loss of every bubblegum machine that is taken down. Someday I would love to buy one myself and hang it in my apartment. But up to this point, only the pictures of them have made it to my walls.
Here is a collection of my bubblegum dispenser photos:
Once again I did a double exposure project with Aileen, who you can find here as farbanomlie. Each of us took pictures of bubblegum dispensers – she from Cologne and me from Landshut. What resulted was simply superb.
I was so intrigued by the machines that I got a tattoo of one with diamonds coming out. Think what you want, but I still think the tattoo is awesome!
Luckily, there are still a load of bubblegum dispensers where I’m from. I’ve considered, trying to photograph every single one for a project. Unfortunately I haven’t accomplished that yet, but hopefully I can hack it this year. I have so many ideas! If and when I do do it, I’ll be photographing them all in analogue, in accordance to the time when the dispensers were made.
If you want to, go ahead and show me your favorite bubblegum machines below in the comments!