Ankur Patar is an artist with a talent for recreating famous paintings. His forgeries wouldn’t fool a child, let alone an art expert, but they’re still absolutely remarkable pieces of art unto themselves because they’re painstakingly assembled in Photoshop using nothing but stock photos.
Recently, I had occasion to search the stock photography database Shutterstock for pictures depicting ancient Rome. A theme quickly emerged: sexy ancient Romans. There are a lot of depictions of sexy ancient Romans. Even for a passel of horn dogs like the ancient Romans, it’s a lot!
Be it in an ad, article, or product announcement, there's a good chance that—at some point—your eyes have darted over the discomforting image of a person gaily laughing and emphatically gesturing towards the cold, vacuous oblivion of a blank TV screen. And you probably didn't even notice it! But once you do, things…
Things stock photographs of scientists get right (sometimes): glassware, lab coats. Things stock photographs of scientists get wrong: pretty much everything else.
We see overly specific, overwrought stock photography all the time. Like who ever decides that a picture of 'hot girl in business suit crying because she's trapped under cables' or 'guy in forest eating an ice cream cone while a bear lurks in the background' is necessary? Those pictures (or things like it) totally…
It's always embarrassing for politicians when their supporters turn out to be stock photo models. Except when its done knowingly, like this genius pitch from Senator Al Franken.
Planking? So earlier this year! Anyone can lie down on something. I do it every night on my bed. And I'm unconscious the whole time. But stocking—recreating the bizarre, hilarious world of stock photos—takes serious talent.