Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Culture Lesson: Photobombing

Photobomb (or Photocrash): v., adj.; the act (to photocrash, to photobomb) of anonymously appearing in the background of a planned photograph. Participants often pop up in the foreground or background just as the photograph is taken. Participants are often strangers, and are sometimes not human.
Photobombing is not a new phenomenon, but has seen a resurgence in popularity with the aid of various blogs and celebrities. Actor Michael Cera (Juno, Arrested Development) loves to pop into the background of photographs, and a curious, brazen squirrel popped into the foreground of two tourists last year.

Here is Cera discussing his hobby:

A reverse photobomb is when a person poses near an unsuspecting person for amusement and documentation. (Some images on that link are NSFW.)

Additional Information:
Photobomb, Urban Dictionary definition
This is Photobomb
Cheeky Squirrel Photo Crasher, Intelligent Travel
Top 23 Reverse Photo Bombs on the Net, Comedy Central/Tosh.0

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