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Dark Stock Photography Will Haunt Your Every Waking Moment

By Mieka Strawhorn | Social Media | April 19, 2018 |

By Mieka Strawhorn | Social Media | April 19, 2018 |


Stock photography is typically the most inoffensive, generic, and artless of all the photographies. Who takes these pictures, but also, who cares? What are the editorial decisions that go into producing these banal images of salads and boats, and is it even worth your time and energy to ponder? When has stock photography ever successfully evoked a single human emotion or really made you think?

If your answer is never, please allow me to correct that.

Something truly strange is afoot in the world of stock photography. On Twitter, @darkstockphotography curates a seriously fucked up collection of WTF moments and will have you tilting your head to the side like a Cocker Spaniel with an ear infection and asking more questions than a four-year-old genius playing Jeopardy.

Case in point!

Where to begin? Did somebody commission this or was it done on spec? What search term could have produced this result? What direction was given to the models? Did they know what the shoot was before agreeing? Why is everybody so blond? Is grandmother in the Russian mafia? Why is that baby so terrible at playing knife, knife, goose? Who owns that many cutting boards? I could go on but it’s pointless.

This one’s gleefully morbid albeit slightly less confusing.

Obviously this is meant to be used for a pro-drunk driving campaign, and frankly, I’ll have what she’s having!

The less said about this gentleman’s, um… situation, the better.

In general, you’ll find a lot of knife play, gun play, child endangerment, and holiday suicide over at Dark Stock Photography. I know it sounds like a real buzzkill, but when filtered through the aggressively sterile stock photography aesthetic, it’s actually a pretty fun follow.

Sleep tight!