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.

#1

This Makes Me Feel Uncomfortable

This Makes Me Feel Uncomfortable

Ehrenpulli Report

me
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It would be weird if it didn't make you uncomfortable

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#2

Oh Damn You Caught Me Keeping A Bowl Of Crackers In The Fridge

Oh Damn You Caught Me Keeping A Bowl Of Crackers In The Fridge

_fukyachickenstrips_ Report

Emily Ashyn
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm embarrassed at how long it took me to understand what was wrong with this

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#3

Surfing The Web

Surfing The Web

nullr0uter Report

Tri Wahyu Yulianto
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

See her face, the face of "why must i received this modelling offer from Shutterstock?"

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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.

#4

Trying To Tell Your Wife Her Cooking Is Crap

Trying To Tell Your Wife Her Cooking Is Crap

joseag19 Report

#5

This Stock Photo Illustrates The Dangers Of Shirt Hoarding

This Stock Photo Illustrates The Dangers Of Shirt Hoarding

kittybikes47 Report

Bellatrix Lestrange
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Google female bullying and you will find more of these pictures with the same girls.

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#6

An Italian Having A Conversation With A Giant Nacho

An Italian Having A Conversation With A Giant Nacho

WeebLass Report

me
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He looks like he's having a stern conversation with him like "I'm nacho friend, dude"

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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.

#7

I Think I’ll Go Snow Skiing In A Bikini; Ya Know, Since I’m Pregnant And All

I Think I’ll Go Snow Skiing In A Bikini; Ya Know, Since I’m Pregnant And All

onepersononeidea Report

RU Sirius
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is the girl from the fishing picture above now is looking for that fisherman after months from their encounter

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#8

Kermit Sacrifices A Potato?

Kermit Sacrifices A Potato?

MrBobDobolina Report

#9

Woman Is Robbing Bakery With A Baguette

Woman Is Robbing Bakery With A Baguette

JCMotors Report

#10

Alligator Attacking Businesswoman In Office Cubicle

Alligator Attacking Businesswoman In Office Cubicle

JCMotors Report

Julia Atkinson
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sign on break room wall: It has been 0 days since the last alligator attack

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#11

Forbidden Affair

Forbidden Affair

deftones_bro Report

Truth Monster
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Legless Child Traumatized By Parent's Woodland Furry Romp

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#12

Apple

Apple

FORDY141 Report

Degucat
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just because you can use photoshop doesn't mean you have to

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#13

After Many Weeks Lurking, I Have Finally Found A Wtfstockphoto

After Many Weeks Lurking, I Have Finally Found A Wtfstockphoto

Nubbins02 Report

#14

I Have No Idea What This Is Supposed To Represent

I Have No Idea What This Is Supposed To Represent

DrGonzoDog Report

#15

She Doesn’t Have A Spine

She Doesn’t Have A Spine

skinnyseth69 Report

#16

Dads When Gas Prices Go Up 1 Cent

Dads When Gas Prices Go Up 1 Cent

DarkArcher__ Report

Tri Wahyu Yulianto
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Sir,your gas tank port at your right. It's your first time fill gas?"

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#17

Yes Grandma I Want Some Ice-Cream

Yes Grandma I Want Some Ice-Cream

LittleDuckk_ Report

#18

Please Nurse, Do Your Job

Please Nurse, Do Your Job

SReddit1904 Report

#19

It's Like I'm Really There!

It's Like I'm Really There!

invertedpencil Report

Ty Stratton-Quirk
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ironically, the program running right now is "Experience in the Emergency Room".

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#20

Ok, Love You Too

Ok, Love You Too

DistortionPuddle Report

Ty Stratton-Quirk
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I know they're supposed to be shorter than the other fingers, but rule of thumb clearly doesn't apply here.

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#21

Bubble Wrap Fun

Bubble Wrap Fun

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Dr Nostromo
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If they got into a fist fight, I bet it would sound hilarious!

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#22

When No One Shows Up To Your Victorian Themed Whoville Party

When No One Shows Up To Your Victorian Themed Whoville Party

H3ro0fTime Report

#23

Congratulations On Your New Husband!

Congratulations On Your New Husband!

ItchyUnfavorableness Report

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#24

Man With A Meat Loaf Mask Blended Into His Skin Or Whatever This Is

Man With A Meat Loaf Mask Blended Into His Skin Or Whatever This Is

Chestarpewnewtbattar Report

#25

Burger Baby

Burger Baby

boredbenny Report

Full Name
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dude you're supposed to chew 25 times per bite. You're going to need some Alka Seltzer. You must've looked like a pelican when swallowing that.

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#26

So... I Came Across This Picture

So... I Came Across This Picture

NotYourBuissnesMate Report

#27

How To Properly Censor A Dingdingdong

How To Properly Censor A Dingdingdong

SolidGoatz Report

Full Name
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She doesn't like putting pricks in her mouth.

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#28

Man Poking A Gpu Card With A Soldering Iron

Man Poking A Gpu Card With A Soldering Iron

Petrovjan Report

HalfShelli
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You’ve gotta love the fact that he’s clearly never held – or perhaps even seen – a soldering iron. In his entire life.

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#29

I Don't Even Know What To Say

I Don't Even Know What To Say

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RU Sirius
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The baby does not come out, let's try attract him with a pineapple

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#30

Warning Sign

Warning Sign

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