Completely Bizarre Stock Photography
2:30 pm, August 30th | by Colette McIntyre
Unless you work in design, advertising, or for one of those bliggity blogs that they got on this here interweb that I keep hearing about, you probably aren’t aware of just how wacky stock photography can get. Sometimes the magic is in the precision of the caption: I once used a stock image called “Portrait Of A Sad Young Woman Looking At Pregnancy Test With Bad News,” which immediately made me of a Lifetime movie written in the style of James Joyce. “Relations Between Men And Women Love Passion Betrayal” is an old favorite. Then, of course, there’s the classic “A Woman Is Wearing A Long Black Dress Moving In The Dark Night Against A Full Moon For A Fashion Or Mystery Concept.” Other times the image itself is awkward and inadvertently hilarious, capturing some bizarro, alternative reality where up is down, down is up, and people need a picture of a man’s head coming out of a toilet. We’re not sure who is requesting this niche of images but we are definitely glad they exist, particularly on a Friday like today. Let’s all look at these weird stock images, rounded up by our friends over at BuzzFeed, and use our Labor Day weekend to think about the photographers’ lives and choices.
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