Recipe for a Moderately Successful Series of Personal Grooming Photos in a Confined Public Space


Some people eat breakfast on the train. Some people put on make up in the car. Some people read in the toilet. They might call it multitasking and pat themselves on the back; I call it uncreative, boring, practical, and shave in the photobooth. As they say in France, “To each his own (only they say it in French).”

Recipe for a moderately successful series of personal grooming photos in a confined public space.

1 beard (ripened for at least 2 months)
1 cordless beard trimmer (fully charged)
1 white shirt
1 non-descript neck tie
1 linen bed sheet
1 hair brush
1 roll of loonies (these are $1 coins in Canada)
1 photobooth
1 willing accomplice (optional)

1. Grow beard. Don shirt and tie. Hand brush, cordless trimmer, and roll of coins held by an accomplice (place them on the floor if accomplice is absent).

2. Adjust the stool in the photobooth (turn clockwise or counterclockwise to the desired height — view reflection in the glass to determine if your head is in the frame, repeat if necessary). Sit on stool and spread bed sheet on lap; ensure that sheet covers entire floor. Retrieve brush from floor/accomplice, apply to beard.

3. Exchange brush for cordless trimmer and some coins (see booth for correct amount). Insert coins in booth and proceed with beard trimming. Repeat until beard and/or coins are gone.

What I learned:

Always clean the photobooth glass before commencing project. There was a smudge on the glass that detracts from the photos.

You can’t un-trim a beard, so don’t remove it in the winter.

It would look better if I also finished shaving with a wet razor.

I have grown another full beard, and am preparing to do a similar project – I’d love to hear if you have any suggestions!

What have YOU done in a photobooth?

written by dirklancer on 2011-09-01 #lifestyle #gentleman #beard #photobooth #lomography #self-portrait #dirklancer #meta #vanity #shave #grooming #analogue-lifestyle #photostrip #requested #ridiculosity


  1. saidseni
    saidseni ·

    Nothing special but I have friend who smoked inside - it was the picture in her College ID! She is the only person I know that rivals with your great photo booth pictures! :D

  2. saidseni
    saidseni ·

    ...but since you asked and I'm not sure if you've seen it yet... (if you did, sorry, don't mean to spam!):…

  3. dirklancer
    dirklancer ·

    I missed your post earlier in the month, thanks for sharing :)

  4. explorette
    explorette ·

    im so annoyed that nowhere near where i live is one of these booths anymore :( they are all 4 shots of same image ones :(

  5. wolkers
    wolkers ·

    Hahah, pretty funny! :D

  6. cc-in-paris
    cc-in-paris ·

    :D nice project!!

  7. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    hahahaha cool!

  8. ipdegirl
    ipdegirl ·

    Love this. They must have wondered what the hell was going on inside that thing!

  9. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·


  10. mariaratfingers
    mariaratfingers ·

    hahah this is hilarious! great project! :)

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