Vintage photo booth captures a modern moment in history 

Ace Camera Club set up a makeshift studio in the Albany Town Hall.  (Photo: Ace Camera Club)

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Albany residents were transported back in time through a vintage portrait photoshoot run by ACE Camera Club.

The local camera club created the historical themed photo booth as a part of the Albany Town Hall Relaunch Festival celebrations last month.

In partnership with the City of Albany and event co-ordinator Donna Cameron, the club set up a makeshift studio in the Town Hall where participants dressed in era-specific costumes with props to recreate authentic historical photographs.

Recreating old family photos 

ACE Camera Club President Bob Symons said they aimed to make the end product look as authentic as possible.

“We were amazed at the transformation that happened when people simply slipped into costume,” he said.

“There were people who wanted to recreate a photo similar to family members from the past, through to others who just wanted to release a whole lot of energy.

“There’s probably a child in most of us who just needs an excuse to be let out and go wild.”

The costumes and props were supplied by the Albany Light Opera Company, who selected a range of period attire including flapper dresses, hats, men’s suits and accessories.

People of all ages had their photos taken.  (Photo: ACE Camera Club )

A nod to old Albany 

City of Albany Manager of Arts and Culture Paul Nielsen said the photoshoot was a great way to celebrate Albany’s history.

“The ACE Camera Club vintage photo booth was a fantastic addition to the Town Hall Relaunch Festival, adding a touch of yesteryear and heritage to the celebration as well as providing a fun and engaging activity for young and old,” he said.

The photos were processed to create a vintage sepia effect, alongside coloured photographs which were taken throughout the recently refurbished Town Hall.

“As a photographer, I think this is the most fun you can have with a camera,” Mr Symons said.

“We enjoyed meeting many talented and interesting people during the event and it turned out to be a great experience.

“The success of the photo booth shows there may be room to consider running it again on a larger scale.”

 

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