People don’t take bad pictures anymore. Digital imaging allows us to take unlimited photos – until everyone in the shot looks perfect – and then we delete the rest. But not so long ago, in the days of 35-millimeter film and Polaroid pics, people were frequently caught in awkward poses, to be framed and saved for posterity. This week, Today interviewed two men who’ve compiled a book that celebrates all those weird, uncomfortable family moments.
Childhood pals Mike Bender and Doug Chernack have successfully exploited the niche of Awkward Family Photos, recently turning their popular website into a book of the same name. The anthology of bizarre family pics will debut at number three on the New York Times Bestseller List this Sunday.
It’s no surprise the book is doing so well; NBC reports that “15 million people a month visit the site to ogle families posing at their embarrassing best.” The pair take submissions from regular people all over the world – almost 6,000 a month. The site launched just over a year ago and became viral almost immediately. Bender and Chernack say they “prefer older photos (or at least ones taken before the website launched) to ensure the pictures haven’t been digitally altered to catch their eye.” A popular theme on the site is the baby-with-scary-Easter-bunny pic. I had no idea what a common experience that was! My friend, comedian Diana Saez, took a photo of her twins with an amazingly disturbing bunny at the Mall of America this year. Click continue reading to see it. Prepare to have your mind explode!
My favorite part is the bunny’s eyeshadow. A lovely sea green for Spring. And the fact that his (her?) head is bigger than the twins combined. BUNNY IS HUNGRY! NOM NOM NOM!
Bender and Chernack are screenwriters in LA, and fittingly, “their next goal is to put awkwardness into motion by posting awkward family videos.” The duo aren’t the only ones in the game of exposing America’s families. New York comedian and Urlesque blogger Eliot Glazer has a book coming out in time for the holiday season based on his site, My Parents Were Awesome. The anthology of photos taken of people’s parents “before the fanny packs and Andrea Bocelli concerts” will be published by Villard.
If you’ve got awkward family photos or video you’d like to share, leave a link in the comments and I’ll do a response post later this week including awkward photos from Babble staff.