Indifferent Strokes

February 4th, 2011

Indifferent Strokes - Family Portrait

A friend thought some plants would liven up the place.

(submitted by Jack)

95 Responses to “Indifferent Strokes”

  1. bananacat says:

    The boy in yellow sort of looks like one of the Weasly twins, if his hair were a darker shade of red.

  2. fireflight says:

    I haven’t seen so much misery in a long time, and I’m a mortician!

  3. mr happy says:

    OK. Time to tell the truth. No swedish people out there i presume? Otherwise someone would have guessed it was some kind of christmas picture. The red flowers are compulsury in any home in december in Sweden. It was a greeting card divided in two. Under this the text was. “Dont be depressed”. Under number two “its soon christmas” and everybody was smiling and looking extremely happy. The truth is always more boring than the wild guesses…
    And – its up to you to believe it or not….
    god jul!

  4. Treb says:

    After destroying the front porch, the consolation prize for not being on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is less than satisfactory.

  5. zipper says:

    This is Marnies family, and the woman on the left was instructed to bring tulips to thanksgiving in a regulation flower pot. They got it all wrong, with gigantic gladiolis (or whatever they are!) in striped pots. That was on the second page of her letter if you recall. They have just been chastised by Marnie…that explains the forlorn looks.

  6. Jenn says:

    I don’t think this photo is neccessarily staged. In fact, I think I’ve probably been in a photo like this before. An extended family member, who is blissfully unaware of the tension building between the family members requests that they pose for a picture. Their irritability is hightened either by the fact that this is the 1,946th photo Uncle Larry has asked them to pose for or by the fact that Uncle Larry is having a technical problem with the camera. The photo is then snapped when the family members are not aware it’s being taken and, therefore, are not wearing fake smiles, but rather letting their true feelings shine through.

  7. Bethyanne says:

    Someone definitely needs to write an Onion article for this photo…

  8. amy says:


  9. Liz says:

    Photographer: “Okay, which button? This one? Oh, wait, no, that was the power button…”

    Dad: “Mom–”

    Photographer: “I can do it, don’t–oooh it beeped–okay, okay, which button?”

    Dad: “The huge red one on the right. It’s the only red button.”

    Photographer: “Well you don’t have to say it like that. Okay. Wait. What did I do? The screen is black.”

    Dad: “Let me just set the timer.”

    Photographer: “No, I think I’ve–”


  10. rita says:

    If you look very closely at the back windows there appears to be snow. I think these people have been stuck in the house one day too long.

  11. George Johnson says:

    Aww…. the “Happy Family”

    The little kid in the middle looks like he’s about to cry.

  12. Lance says:

    Notice the snow on the window sill? Perhaps this was part of a diary…


    Day 14 of being trapped in the house.
    No food left, going to cook plants.
    Wife is getting strangely close to daughters boyfriend who is trapped with us.
    Youngest son appears to be channeling Justin Bieber
    Daughter catatonic…
    All hope lost….

  13. Jeff says:

    Debbie Downer’s extended family poses for their annual Christmas picture.
    Wohh wohh WOHHH.

  14. treva says:

    The lady on thr end looks genuinely angry. Idk if id wanna piss her off…ever

  15. Kitten K. Boodle says:

    Maybe the flowers have the same effect the field of poppies did in “The Wizard of Oz.”

  16. ginger85 says:

    This is what a family looks like when their technological devices are taken away and replaced with house plants.

    • Erin says:

      LOL! I pretty sure this is what my family would look like if someone took our gadgets away and forced us to make actual conversation and/or eye contact during our family togetherness time.

  17. armchair hero says:

    These people must be members of Marney’s family, and this is the “after excruciatingly planned dinner” picture. Those flowerpots are most likely not regulation sized.

  18. amy says:

    Staged. It’s the new photoshopped.

  19. carol says:

    Well, they DO say there is a genetic factor in depression.

  20. Stan says:

    Alright, class, now, pick out the artifical still life in the picture.

  21. Amy says:

    This pic looks like the one right before or right after then pic where everyone was smiling. This is hilarious!

  22. GLC says:

    The Brewers, were caught yet again, shoplifting at the nursery. Delivering swift justice, the judge ordered them to spend the night in jail, sitting hip-to-hip on this bench, followed by 20 hours community service cheering up the folks at Shady Rest Assisted Living Center.

  23. The Joker says:


  24. Gert says:

    Kinda looks like the flowers are trying to escape…

  25. shandorra says:

    I feel like this picture is staged, doesn’t feel genuine.

  26. John says:

    Is it POSSIBLE that they were NOT doing this on purpose?

  27. Amy says:

    Isn’t this what everyone looks like when they leave Marney’s house after Thanksgiving?

  28. Tim S says:

    We just found out our flight to Hawaii was canceled.

  29. Jill says:

    holy moly…are they in a hospital waiting room or something?

  30. Andrea says:

    Looks like they posed this one to get on the website.

  31. Moogie says:

    Now THAT’S awkward! Those folks were not in the mood for a Kodak moment.

  32. yolanda says:

    This one had to be deliberate because if it was genuine, not one of them would be there or make anyone else be there!

  33. Lottie says:

    Please try to contain your excitement.

  34. NorandaPete says:

    The Great Depression………:~(

  35. I'mJustSayin' says:

    It kinda looks staged…

  36. David says:

    why get your pic taken in the first place?

  37. Elaine says:

    They look more like they’re being held prisoner!

  38. Skeemer118 says:

    I love the kid in red. I’m the baby of the family too & we get smushed into some pretty rough places because parents think we’ll fit. :/

  39. Babs says:

    It looks as if the person taking the picture just ran over the family dog. such contempt they all have.

  40. Binkymae says:

    Their rich Aunt Suzy sent us these flowers for Christmas…and they sent her a thank you picture.

  41. Rebecca says:

    So perfectly awkward. This one will have me chuckling all day!

  42. Dee says:

    If your happy and you know it clap your hands.

  43. Rick says:

    This is amazingly uncomfortable. Could these people be any more unhappy with the situation and each other???? I’m hoping that this picture is not a microcosm of their life – it’s really depressing…..

  44. PlowKing says:

    Are they the flowers that were brought home from the funeral?

  45. Dawn says:

    That is awesome. haha

  46. kathryn says:

    That friend simply bought the wrong plants, the family specifically said Yelllow flowers. Stupid friend. Get it right next time.

  47. d says:

    disappointingly and obviously fake. so goes the internet. we can’t have anything nice.

    • justme says:


      • Lori says:

        well for one thing, those flowers must be photoshopped, there is no way something that cheerful could be near this group without instantaneously withering away

    • SiulaGrande says:

      Oh good grief. They could have just gotten home from a long, exhausting car trip. Maybe someone died and they’re holding the funeral flowers. They could be Eastern European. We have no way of knowing and until proven otherwise, there’s no reason to believe it’s fake.

      • justme says:


      • Jenn says:

        I love the options you have posed: they’re either exhausted, mourning or Eastern European.

        • SiulaGrande says:

          Haha, I know. My husband’s Eastern European and honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a photo of anyone in his family smiling. It’s not just his family, either. I don’t know if it’s a residual effect of communism or a cultural thing, but they always look incredibly serious in pictures.

          Then again, someone else noticed snow on the window, so maybe they’re incredibly cold. Cold, exhausted Eastern Europeans in mourning.

  48. Joyce says:

    A Prozac family moment

  49. Malcolm says:

    OK, this is the funniest picture ever! Meet Mr. and Mrs. Depressed along with their so very unhappy children! I never cease to be amazed and befuddled at the photos on this site.
    How did this picturre get taken and what was the circumstances. I’d love to find out!
    I’m smiling & laughing but they sure aren’t.

    • Teresa says:

      I agree about finding out more. I’ve mentioned this to AFP several times. Thought it would be fun to post the back story a few days after posting the photo. People would come back to the site just to read that.

      • CamdensGramps says:

        Sometimes the person who submitted the photo comes back to fill us in. Others just laugh at our responses and keeps us guessing.

    • Voltron says:

      It could just be a posed picture. You take a happy picture, then a sad picture, then a ridiculous picture…

  50. kat says:

    don’t bring me down! jeeees!

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