I’ve been thinking about starting a website about stock photos. If you spend enough time as a graphic designer, you begin to understand that the weird world of stock photography is chocked full of all sorts of visually stunning gems that you just want to share with other people.
For instance, women eating salad and smiling. There’s actually a blog about it.
Hipsters taking pictures of things with vintage cameras:
Unnerving retro images:
Crazy stuff that makes no sense:
Don’t get me wrong, there’s lots of amazing stock imagery out there like:
Doggies riding horses:
Doggies pushing ladies in strollers:
Business people shaking hands:
And then there’s this woman:
As of today, she’s in over 3,000 Shutterstock Images. I see her everywhere; on Billboards, in banner ads, in magazines and in that flyer you get every week with coupons for carpet cleaning and replacement windows. In fact, I just saw her yesterday. I feel as if I know her personally. I’ve named her Mandy. She looks like a Mandy.
After perusing a stock website for a while, a designer can lose her hold on reality and start to believe in the finely crafted version of reality that includes photoshopping, cropping, and staged board meetings filled with perky 20 somethings wearing slightly out of style business attire.
To break free of this state of mind I suggest searching for “Baby Animals”
All images downloaded from Shutterstock.com