Time To Stock Up

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.

I’m so happy I could eat this whole bowl of healthy and delicious salad that I’m tilting towards the camera.

If you make me eat one more bowl of salad I am going to stab you with this fork.

If you make me eat one more bowl of salad I am going to stab you with this fork.


 Hipsters taking pictures of things with vintage cameras:

I bought this camera at a thrift store. I’m not even sure if it works.

I only take pictures of things that are profoundly ironic.

I only take pictures of things that are profoundly ironic.


 Unnerving retro images:

Which came first, the 1920’s movie star or the egg?

Betty, could you pass me my banana smoothie?

Well, Ladies, this is it. If we win this round on America’s Got Talent, we’re going to Vegas!


 Crazy stuff that makes no sense:

Fruit Ninja meets Teenage Mutant Ninja Fruit.

Fruit Ninja meets Teenage Mutant Ninja Fruit.


Don’t get me wrong, there’s lots of amazing stock imagery out there like:

Doggies riding horses:

I’m pretty sure I gave this card to my mom one year for her birthday. Something about teaching an old dog new tricks.

 Doggies pushing ladies in strollers:

Evelyn had no idea that a cliff was nearby. That would teach her to feed him dry dog food instead of canned.

 Business people shaking hands:

Wow.  Boring.

Wow. Boring.

A little better.

A little better.

The dynamism of this image just kills me!

The dynamism of this image just kills me!


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.

Here's Mandy eating some salad.

Here’s Mandy eating some salad.

Selfie in Europe. Lucky Mandy!

Here she is shopping in Barcelona.

And shopping in Barcelona.

 


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”

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You’re Welcome!

All images downloaded from Shutterstock.com

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