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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Sepia Saturday #148 Photobombs

I honestly had never heard of the word photobomb until Kat brought it up in relation to this week's theme. Here's the photo we're supposed to be inspired by to do our own Sepia Saturday post:

And here's the definition of photobomb:
An otherwise normal photo that has been ruined or spoiled by someone who was not supposed to be in the photograph.

See that man peering out of the window on the right. I don't think he was supposed to be in the shot.

So I did a search of some family photos belonging to a friend. And I found three wonderful examples of photobombing.


This particular photo goes nicely with our theme photo as there's a bike in it. Actually it's a boy on a bike. You have to look really hard to see him (he's on the right side of the photo).  Does he spoil the shot? No, I don't think so.

But if you look a little harder, there's another interloper here who really does ruin the shot. It's that poor dead animal hanging around the woman's neck. Can you imagine anything sadder than that? Even his little legs conveniently act as a closure for this goulish wrap. This was before Velcro so I'm not sure how the legs stick together. Maybe they were sewn together and then she drapes it over her head (before she puts on that enormous hat, of course).



Then there's Bernice and friend at the shore in their lovely bathing outfits. There are 3 people who are trying to get into this shot and Bernice and friend haven't got a clue, they're so happily mugging for the photographer. Not only are the 2 girls in the background staring, but also that man in the boat. Will no one give them any privacy?


This was written on the back of the photo:


No mention of the peeping Toms.

This photo is one of those real mysteries. See if you can help me with this one.

She's really all dolled up with her polka dot dress, her hat at a jaunty angle, purse on the arm. She's holding a sign that says "Men Wanted". And there he. Is this the man she wanted or is he an interloper? And why is she standing knee deep in Navajo rugs? (or some kind of rugs, anyway). Why the rugs? This is an extremely odd photo. But don't you just love it?

Thanks Kat, for introducing me to photobombing.  I will never look at a photo the same way again.

For other cop shots, peeping toms and photobombs, click on Sepia Saturday.

24 comments:

  1. I've seen hooks and eyes on those dead animal adornments. I really enjoyed your selection of photobombs. I started to go in that direction and then totally forgot about it, so I'm glad to see you came through. As for the girl who wants men, she probably needs someone to help her carry her large rug purchase. However, judging by the position of the interloper's hand, he's not interested in her.

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    1. Yes, I thought the same about that man in the background. He does look a little effete, doesn't he?

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  2. Great photobombs. The man in the last photo looks like he's trying to sneak away from that poster-holding woman ;)

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  3. You have me looking for photobombs as well. There is a lot of off scene action in that first picture. As for the last perhaps she is selling the rugs.

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    1. It seems then, her sign should say "rugs for sale".

      I'm definitely going to start looking at photos in a new way. Maybe a whole new collection of photobombs.

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  4. Well, I for one, really enjoyed this post! I'm gasping and giggling over here.

    I think that "fox" looks like it has the head of someone's old teddy bear and that leg resembles a leftover turkey-bone from Thanksgiving. Why, oh why would ANYone want to wear a dead animal? (Apart from Eskimos and Indians and Coureurs des Bois?)

    Wendy and Nancy, your remark about his hand is still making me laugh!

    I want to go through all my family albums now and look for photobombs! Oh, and make sure you google "animal photobombs" because they are the funniest.

    Kat

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  6. All three photos were great - forgot to mention the guy with the goggles. Not even trying to hide his tom-peepery!

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    1. Thanks for introducing me to photobombs. What fun it will be to search for more. I did google photobombs but not the animal one. I'll try that one next.
      Glad you enjoyed the post.
      Nancy

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  7. My aunts had those animal skin things. They smelled like moth balls and I remember being vaguely afraid of them. The photos are funny and I love that term photobomb. You've got me thinking about that last photo and what Ms. Polka Dot was really trying to say!!

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  8. I hadn't heard of photobombs before either. My mother had some of those animals that were worn around the neck too. I think they were foxes.

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  9. Those fox stoles were gruesome and yet strangely popular. I'd never heard of photobombs either but even if I didn't know they had a name have always liked seeing them in photos. Yours are gems especially the last one, I don't think she is in luck. Will he escape or not.

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  10. My mother had a set of those wretched fox stoles -- four of them, all biting each other's tails. She referred to them as Matthew, Mark, Luke and John -- which left us in stitches in the pews!

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    1. I can sure imagine the giggles in church. Those uncontrollable ones. I love that your mother named hers after Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Too funny.

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  11. It's so funny, I like that word now too, and just may have to do something with it...somewhere somehow, cuz I have lots of them, as I'm sure most of us do! But I hadn't really heard it coined or rather phrases that way either. I have several dogs who very often always photobomb- as well as other family members! This was really fun, your photos, the photobombs (people) being spotted....and your stories! Bravo!

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  12. Thanks for explaining the photobomb. My Webster left me out in the cold.
    I am afraid the man in the last picture will not qualify. He doesn't look rugged at all.
    And our late Queen Wilhelmina was wearing fox stoles all the time. I was not close enough with her to determine whether they smelled like moth balls. :)

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  13. That last photo really is a mystery! I just can't imagine what it's all about. Perhaps the photo was taken as a joke?

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  14. Great post Nancy. Somehow I missed Kat's mention of a photobomb, so I'm glad you used it for your theme. Can't imagine wearing a dead animal around my neck, although this was a popular style at the time. The last photo is a story just waiting to be written. I can see it being used as a story prompt!

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  15. Funny! I will never look at pictures the same way again. Photobombs! Love it.

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  16. These are great! I didn't know about photobombing. Are there variations, such as rabbit ears/peace signs over somebody's head?

    That last picture really sparks my imagination. Her skirt is pretty short. I can imagine that the hosts put out those sturdy blankets on the grass for some kind of concert or fireworks show. Maybe that lady saw her opportunity to be funny and put that sign up, wanting to fill that space up with handsome men? LOL! Who knows.

    Kathy M.

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  17. A nice twist on this week's theme. I wonder how many of us have interlopers in our otherwise perfectly framed shots. I seem to remember being given a mini fur thing to wear round my neck when young, by a relative and I believe it had a clasp (a bit like a clothes peg) to secure it.

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  19. That animal around the neck is really disgusting, but I suppose it was the "in" thing those days.
    Thanks for defining photobombing. Imagine, I have been clicking for so many years and had no clue about photobombing.

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