Stock photos are made to be sold but it’s impossible to think anyone would buy these.
From a grandma teaching a group of blond children the secrets of “stab between the fingers” to a female version of Adolf Hitler peeling potatoes, the photographers behind these shots were probably trying a bit too hard. Don’t get us wrong, we do appreciate all the work that went into producing these pictures. We just think that each of them should have an in-depth description, explaining what is going on in these photos. Continue reading »
Alan Moore, the author of the comic V for Vendetta, noticed once that people tend to imagine their own lives as stories, and they browse them as in a movie – by rewinding to an appropriate moment.
The truth is that we are a narrative genre – we just love to listen and to tell stories. First, we listen to fairy tales read by parents and with time we start looking for new ones in books, comics and movies. We have an irresistible attraction to fictionalization – our minds create stories based on perceived images and thus, reveal our personalities and the power of imagination.
In PIXERS, we experience a boundless number of images and an equal amount of our clients’ stories every day. Sometimes, we get tired of such an overproduction and we try to exercise our imagination by assigning new unexpected meanings to the images that usually only flash in front of our eyes.
Below, you can see the effect of such an experiment: 10 book covers made of random stock photos by our graphic designer, and with fictional plots that I invented myself. Are these books new (imaginative) bestsellers?
For me, this image is a depiction of loneliness. I’ve imagined an elephant that is the last elephant on the planet after a nuclear disaster. He travels on a cloud of radioactive dust and dreams of meeting a soul mate… The title of this book would be “Atomic Elephant”. Continue reading »
According to Erikas Mališauskas: “IKEA should have been prepared for this. Thank God it wasn’t.
Have you ever noticed framed stock photos in IKEA room displays? We think they’re too boring and fake as hell. That’s why my girlfriend and I have decided to replace every framed photo in IKEA Vilnius with photos of ourselves. Continue reading »
According to an artist: “I work in marketing, so I see a lot of stock photos. I thought it would be fun to add animals and descriptions to some of the strange images I found. So I did that, every day during the month of May.” Continue reading »
There’s a website called Sukima Nurse that offers pictures of a Japanese nurse holding unusual objects in a hospital and similar locales. The pictures fall generally into the stock photo category, although with a very, very narrow focus. Continue reading »
Stock photos are always awkward and strange, but that’s all about to change thanks to the The Stock Photobomber aka Mathew. Continue reading »
We’ve all seen our share of cliché stock photos. Ad-inspired merchandise store The Incumbent Agency decided to make good use of these typically mundane images by injecting a good dose of humor and transforming them into brilliantly relatable portrayals of life in an ad agency. Continue reading »
Adobe team has just launched a line of clothing featuring some of the worst stock images ever, and the weird part is that they actually look pretty cool (on slender and attractive models at least). The range is called Adobe Stock Apparel, and Adobe came up with the creative idea to promote their new royalty-free image service called Adobe Stock. Head over to the Adobe website to peruse the full range. They’re not for sale though, which is a shame, because if there’s one thing missing from my wardrobe it’s a t-shirt with a picture of a laughing woman eating a healthy vegetable salad on it. Continue reading »
Stock photography isn’t usually the most exciting form of photography out there. This is where the Stock Photobomber comes in. In an effort to add a dose of reality and humor to the bland world of stock photography, he’s photoshopped himself into the background of these stock photos, and the result is nothing short of hilarious. Continue reading »
If you think that the photographs from the current image banks are kitsch, wait to discover the pictures of the image banks in the 1970s. Continue reading »
Before the 1920s, stockings, if worn, were worn for warmth. In the 1920s, as hemlines of dresses rose, people began to wear stockings to cover the exposed legs. These stockings were sheer, first made of silk or rayon (then known as “artificial silk”), and after 1940 of nylon. Continue reading »
Over 160 years ago, the world was in a state of transition. The Industrial Revolution had laid the groundwork for an upcoming rapid modernization; steamships and telegraph lines were making the world a smaller place; the United States was struggling with the issue of slavery and trying to avoid a civil war; and a relatively new invention was becoming an indispensable tool for artists, documentarians, and journalists: the camera. Continue reading »
An amazing set of colorized photographs from Color Me Six Ways to Sunday that show what kitchens looked like from the first half of the 20th century. Continue reading »
Todd Webb (1905-2000) was discharged from the US Navy in 1945. Before fighting in the war, Todd had worked as a stockbroker, a field in which he’d enjoyed notable success til losing all his money in the 1920s crash, prospected for gold in California and Panama, and worked as a forest ranger. Continue reading »
School dance in the 1950s
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Just imagine how fast our world is changing! Even 50 years ago life was very different. Online banking and portable computers didn’t exist, and fashion didn’t change that fast. Maybe that’s why nowadays it is so interesting to see vintage photos. They always seem to put that nostalgic, cute smile on our faces. Continue reading »
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