People Are Sharing The Most ‘WTF’ Stock Images They Find To This Online Group And Here Are 30 Of The Most Bizarre Ones

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By definition, stock images are professional photos that are used for commercial purposes, like complementing publications, adverts, etc. But in reality, we know very well that many stock pics out there are just so weird, they've become somewhat of a household name for bizarre, pointless, and lousy photographs that make them particularly laughable.

It's this precise quality of the wacky and wondrous elements of stock photography that makes you instantly realize that what you’re seeing is a stock image and nothing else.

Thanks to this subreddit which has 333k members, we now have the most "seriously?", "are they kiddin’ me?" "do u see what I’m seeing?" compilation that poses way more questions than it answers.

Sit back and enjoy these carefully stacked stock monstrosities and after you’re done, be sure to check out Bored Panda's previous post with even more stock goodness that you won’t be able to unsee. Ever.

While scrolling through this post, you are very likely to start wondering in what kind of context someone would need a stock image of a man with a meatloaf mask blended into his skin, or a shot of a woman pointing a baguette at a chef in what seems to be a carefully staged... bakery robbery.

It all has to do with the demand for very specialized imagery which happens when a subscriber browses through the peculiar stock archive. But the photographers have to already be ahead of the demand and anticipate people’s imagery needs before they start typing in the keywords.

According to The Atlantic, “Shutterstock's content team will do direct outreach to the site's top videographers, photographers, and illustrators 'to help fill specific content needs.'” However, the contributing photographers are the ones who figure out what the subscribers will be looking for.

These days, stock imagery has become kind of its own aesthetic category that’s posed and weird without any apparent reason. Incredibly, according to Shutterstocker Emily Goodwin, “it's the utilitarian content—the images that capture the banalities and absurdities of everyday life—that prove popular” on the website.

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