Posts Tagged ‘awkward’

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Christmas Card Photo Dubbed ‘Fabulously Awful’

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There’s no getting around it, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair should have picked a different photo before he and his wife sent out this year’s Christmas card (yes… that’s their actual card). Sent to us by a reader, this wonderfully awkward image is good for a laugh and perhaps a cringe or two. Read more…

Anti-Piracy Group Accused of Stealing the Photo They Used in an Anti-Piracy Ad

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Well this is awkward… We’re all for people advocating for copyright law and making sure that people at least understand that it’s bad to steal other people’s intellectual property, but if you’re going to do it, you might want to follow your own rules.

Case in point: Anti-piracy group The Business Software Alliance was called out this weekend for allegedly using a stolen photo in an anti-piracy ad that encouraged people to turn in unlicensed software users. Read more…

Embarrassing Target Photoshop Fail Looks Like it Was Done in Paint… by a 5-Year-Old

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This might be the worst Photoshopping we’ve ever seen… maybe even worse than the floating inspectors from China. Because while usually the Photoshop goof-ups pointed out by websites like Jezebel aren’t all that horrific (as the Lena Dunham debacle pointed out), in this case, they hit the mother load. Read more…

Montage of Students Posing Awkwardly for What Turns Out to be a Video Camera

If you need a laugh this Thursday, look no further: the Student Union of Nottingham Trent University in England has you covered with a viral video they released a couple of days ago. It’s a classic that never seems to get old: a montage of people smiling or posing awkwardly for what they think is a photo, when in fact it’s video the Student Union was shooting. Read more…

Portraits of People Holding Their School Pictures from Awkward Years

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Do you always laugh and squirm when you look back at official school pictures from “awkward years”? You’re not alone — take a peek at the Awkward Years Project and you’ll see what we mean. The project was started by a Utah-based graphic designer and photography enthusiast named Merilee, who’s collecting then-and-now portraits to show people who have blossomed since their awkward teen days.
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Photo Prank: Make Your Friends Pose for a Still, Then Take Video Until They Notice

Ready for a laugh? The above video was put together by the band Go Periscope’s Florin Merano, and it shows him goofing off with his friends by pretending he’s taking their picture when, in fact, he’s shooting video. It’s hilarious and even hard to watch at times as his friends awkwardly hold poses for what seems like an eternity waiting for him to snap a photo that he has no intention of taking. Read more…

Smile: Video Clips of People Posing for Still Photos

Here’s a humorous short film titled “Smile” by director Dean Fleischer-Camp, who regularly asks people to pose for a photograph but then secretly records video instead. It shows how poses that look so natural in still photographs can look so completely awkward in videos.


Update: Long Awkward Pose is a website dedicated to this very thing. (thx flamedot!)

The World’s Most Downloaded Man

This is probably the strangest and most awkward thing you’ll see today. It’s a short 5-minute video titled “The World’s Most Downloaded Man” that chronicles photographer Fernado Martins’ journey to meet Jesper Bruun, the world’s best-selling stock photography model. It’s actually part of a marketing effort for Martins’ photo studio, C├ómera Clara Photography Studio in Brazil. For some strange reason the video is going viral online, despite the fact that Yuri Arcurs (the world’s top selling microstock photographer who works with Bruun) has come forward to say that Bruun isn’t actually the world’s top selling model. The whole thing doesn’t make much sense to us — kinda like this performance art piece.

(via PopPhoto)

A Photographer Who Throws Herself at Men, Literally

Photographer Lilly McElroy has a unique series of photos titled I Throw Myself At Men that consists of self-portraits showing her launching herself into the arms of strangers.

For this project I went to a lot of bars and I literally threw myself at men who I didn’t know. I used my body as a projectile, hurling myself toward strong, vulnerable men who were waiting to catch me. Poised in a perpetual state of social awkwardness and in full possession of the ability to subvert stereotypical gender roles, the photographs pose questions concerning relationships, social connection, sex, gender, and the desire to form relationships quickly that are both intense and long lasting.

The project got started after McElroy placed ads on Craigslist asking for men who’d be willing to meet blind date-style in bars and have McElroy throw herself at them.
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