Stock photos are the most accessible source of pictures that are often licensed for certain purposes. The stock photo market, which first started to gain ground in the 1920s, has become well established models such as digital macro stock photography, conventional mid-stock photography and microstock photography to name a few.
The majority of stock photos are used for commercial purposes, or used for personal use on the Internet, though some are also found as posters, on CD covers, as banners, on clothing and other promotional items and as backgrounds. All stock photos are copyright free and the owner of the copyright has the sole right to re-publish or use the image.
Stock photography has become a popular choice for businesses because it allows them to create images of their company or products that are immediately available for the public to purchase. Stock photo companies usually provide images that are used for free by clients who are interested in acquiring the images but cannot afford to pay for them.
These photos are also often offered in a variety of formats, including JPEG and TIF images as well as in a number of image formats such as PSD and EPS. Since stock photos are not generally used commercially, the amount of money that you have to invest in purchasing the photos is generally low.
Using stock photography in your marketing campaign is a very cost effective way of reaching your audience. Many people are intimidated when they see photos that are not professionally produced, but there are options that will help to produce high quality stock photos without putting too much into the budget.
Stock photos are typically created for a price that is less than half of what a professional photo would cost and this can be a great advantage for small businesses. Stock photos are available on many different sites, from eBay to online photo stores to online photo databases.
Weird Stock Photos
*WTF* ARE THESE STOCK PHOTOS? – Weird Stock Photos
Let’s dive into the world of madness and see some of the strangest stock photos available on the internet:
I think we started off a bit too weird, didn’t we? Anyways, we have before us an apparently bulky middle-aged man wearing a cat mask while sitting in a car, shirtless. As far as I can imagine, this stock photo can only be used on an ad for a bank robbery. Because that is the only place such masks can be used. Come to think of it, this guy is probably sitting in a getaway car waiting for his fellow robbers to get the cash.
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This stock photo features a boy that is picking his nose, passionately. I cannot help but wonder the uselessness of this photo. And what’s worse, there are several similar photos on the web.
Although weird and preposterous, this stock photo is kind of cute. It shows a cute little cat all dressed up at the door of his mistress. With flowers in his paws, we can see the desperation in his eyes that are waiting for her to nod; to say “Yes”.
In this stock photo, we see a chubby fellow standing in front of a huge pile of watermelons; wearing goggles and a helmet carved out of a watermelon shell. The guy, with a sinister smile, is looking at us as if we have done some mischief.
Things are taking a rather mystical and darker turn with this stock photo. In the photo, we see what seems to be a leg-less cat in a snakes body cooking some kind of magic potion. The cat, with a fierce look, is standing before a cart filled with pumpkins. However, what is most weird about this photo is that on the pumpkin rests a highly-equipped flying broom with a seat and handle.
Another weird photo featuring a shirtless man. The guy is wearing a Santa hat and pinching his nipples. As we can see the guy is in pain and is clearly not enjoying it. However, what we don’t understand is why the hell is he even doing it.
We all love our pet birds. But ave you ever wondered, whether, in an alternate reality, birds love their human pets too? Well, if you have, here’s your answer. As we can see the bird is adored by its human-pet while reading a hefty book.
This stock photo shows what seems to be a dog and frog hybrid species sitting on a tree trunk. What baffles me is the fact that is dog-frog seems quite sad. Maybe the photographer wanted to symbolize in his/her messed up expression that one should do what one is destined to. And that pursuing something one does not enjoy leads to misery.
If you are at a loss of words then you are not alone. This is one of the most bizarre stock images I have ever seen and no matter how much I contemplate I cannot understand the purpose of this photograph. However, the dystopian-esque background is really triggering my anxiety.
Congratulations on finalizing the deal. Wait, what? The stock photo shows two businessmen shaking hands; however, one of them has a fish in place of a hand. Maybe the photographer wanted businessmen to make sure nothing “Fishy” is going on before finalizing the deal.
What we have before us in this image is a condom on a pile of coffee beans. Maybe the purpose of this image is to signify morning-sex. Nevertheless, this still quite weird. And if it weren’t so, it wouldn’t be on our list. Now, would it?
This is what happens when you have no friends. You lay on your bed, resting your head on your birthday cake. And contemplate all the things you did wrong to end up here. This is by far the saddest picture on our list of weird stock photos.
The woman is smiling next to a dead person in his coffin. So, I guess we know who the killer is. If this stock photo was supposed to be used for a funeral service provider then I’m afraid they did a poor job.
This stock photo is quite confusing. Did the guy revert to the Holy Bible after thinking of committing suicide or is the Holy Bible the reason the led him to kill himself? Either the photographer can tell or the Almighty God himself.
A visual representation of what dieting feels like. Nevertheless, I think the photographer went a bit overboard with this one. I mean, it shouldn’t be this hard to lose weight, should it?
I don’t know if these shoes will be comfortable or not but they sure will be warm as hell. So, if you find out where on can buy these shoes, do let me know. I need to buy them for this winter.
All hail the three-eyed cat. This cat not only has nine lives but also three eyes. So, whenever you are thinking of doing something wrong, remember, the three-eyed cat is watching you. So, beware.
Yoga is gaining popularity in western society and for good reasons. But, what happens when you’re overloaded with work and don’t get time for practicing yoga? Well, as you can see in this stock photo, you merge the two and do your office work and yoga simultaneously.
The stock photo shows a man seemingly pregnant with a watermelon, eating tiny another tiny watermelon. This photo is already quite weird but if you ponder over the fact that giving birth to watermelons while eating watermelons is technically cannibalism then things turn really south.
This weird stock photo shows a cat sitting next to a laptop from the screen of which a pair of hands are emerging and typing on its keyboard. However, what’s interesting to see here is the fact that the fact is not interested in these magic hands at all but is astonished at something else as can be seen by its wide-open eyes.
This photograph is probably from the future where not only LGBTQ marriages are the norm but inter-species marriages are also allowed. Such as the one in the photo where we see a man and a watermelon are about to kiss.
This stock photo clearly illustrates the importance of taking care of ourselves. Nevertheless, this photo is quite unsettling and totally uncalled for.
This is what happens when you can’t accept the fact that your lovely hair is gone and they aren’t coming back, ever. You fall into denial. You start living in your own fantasy world where you still have your gorgeous hair. While you still look like a bald loser in reality.
Ladies and gentlemen, the CATANIC. A tale of pure love and tragedy. This is what you get when you want to make Titanic but are on a low budget. You cast your two house cats in the lead roles and make use of whatever you have in the house.
When you are getting old and your mind is getting slow, what do you do? Yes, you add more RAM into your head. As more RAM means more processing power and better mental prowess.
When you are a dangerous gangster but would do anything for your daughter. So, you dress up as a tooth fairy and have a kitty party with your little angel and her friends Barbie, and Bob the builder.
This is the kind of photograph that I would like to get framed in my room. Not only is this amusing but it is also kind authoritative. So, it compels you to do your job otherwise you’ll get shot by a banana.
You must have seen an apple in a pig’s mouth on various occasions. But I bet an apple that is eating a pig is new for you. I can’t help but wonder what was going on in the creator’s mind when he was creating this masterpiece.
In this stock photo, we see a nun strumming a guitar. This is exactly what happens when you have devoted your life to God but metal rock music is life.
So, you see? Musafa wasn’t killed by the stampede but in fact, survived and went away to live his dream life as a mountain biker. See how happy he is?
When your boss is nothing but a snake. The weird thing about this photo is not really the snakehead but actually the size of the snakehead when is disproportionate to the rest of the body. I mean, if you were going to create a snake-man why not do it properly?
This is what happens when you’re out on vacation and your boss calls you for work. This is a weird yet humorous representation of our current society that is tied in a 9-5 life that gets to you even on your off days.
What is this woman doing biting her own hand? Maybe she is punishing her hands for not being pretty enough. Maybe, she is just having a bad day and she is venting of all of her anger on her poor hand.
This stock photograph is truly unsettling. I have always wondered why women wear high heels when it has such bad effects on their feet and back. And this picture is definitely not helping me with my concern.
We’ve all seen and adored girls looking cute in their cat-esque cosplays. But, have we ever wondered what happens when you’re actually a cat-woman? Well, now you know that they spit hairballs.
We all know someone that loves to buy new shoes. They would go on and on about how comfy they are and how elegant they look. But, what these shoe lovers won’t tell is not only do they caress these shoes but also (most probably) sleep with them beside their pillow.
This guy woke up on the wrong side of the bed; so did his feet. Shocked at this enigmatic occurrence this guy is probably thinking of an amputation. Because having feet in place of hands is quite disturbing, to say the least.
And then there is this kid who is surprisingly happy about his “unnatural” body. Maybe because girls at school have finally started to notice him.
I don’t know what this guy has been doing in his toilet. But whatever it is, it is definitely not right. Has he summoned some toilet angel? Let us not get carried away, maybe he just dropped his phone in the toilet. You never know.
There are so many things weird about this stock photo. So, this lady is watering the plants while stabbing a funky dude wih an actual sword; all while listening to something on her headphones. Who would even make this? And why?
This is why selfie obsesson is bad, kids. The woman is busy taking a selfie she’ll probably upload on her Instagram account (with tons of fillters). But, she doesn’t know what is about to hit her.
This is what happens when you learn everythign about being a ninja from your master but forget to ask how to take a dump. This ninja is clueless about how to go on with his business with he ninja attire on. Maybe, you need to take th suit off?
This stock photo show a woman from the future adoring a corn. What does this signify? Maybe, nothing. Or maybe it is trying to say that with all the new technology we might be forgeting something mroe important i.e. natural food.
This stock photo shows a business woman pregnant with a football. Maybe the photographer is attempting to symbolize how football is being capitalized. And that the parents of today want their children to become successful soccer players so that they can earn fame and fortune.
This is another indigestible (pun intended) stock photo featuring a blonde, short-haired woman with a squirrel in her mouth. My guess is that the photographer wanted to illustrate how humans have been using animal skins for their bags and clothing.
This stock photo includes what seems to be a granny of four top-less blonde kids. Their granny is teaching her grand kids pin-finger. However, one of the kids (the younger one) hurt himself and is crying. But the purpose of the photo quite ambiguous. Maybe, it illustrates the danger of leaving kids alone with their granny.
This blonde kid is probably too young to know that this is a dvd-rom. He probably thinks that it is some sort of salami cooking machine. This is probably why you shouldn’t leave younger kids home alone.
This man looks quite guilty while holding his blob fish. I can only think of one scenario after watching this image and that is, his wife doesn’t want that fish anymore and he is going to flush it in the toilet. Right?
This Hitler look-alike woman is cutting potatoes while in deep contemplation. She’s propably thinking about how she could be doing something more productive; like cleansing of some ethnicity.
This stock photo is wrong on so many levels. For one, this guy is drunk driving and offering the bottle to the cameraman (presumably). Secondly, if you look in the background, you’ll realize this guy is parked right in the middle of the lane.
I am pretty sure this stock photo wasn’t intended for what it seems. And I am pretty sure I do not need to explain to you what it means. Right?
This kid’s parents took the wrong approach towards keeping their kid safe from harmful online content (like, for example, this particular article). This kid is wearing a tin foil over his head and black goggles to screen out bad content.
This stock photo is my personal favorite. Why? Because it shows a businessman taking a break by having a bath with his favorite toy duck on his head. But, please do not ask me why he is still in formal suiting.
This stock photo shows what it feels like when all your family and friends have gone while you are still waiting for salvation i.e. the frying pan. As you can see, this egg is quite old but still hasn’t been chosen by humans for them to devour it.
Although this is not exactly how hackers invade your privacy, you still get an idea, right? Well, maybe not. Because this bald guy won’t get much data out of your laptop using a hammer and a chisel. However, you might want to get a new laptop.
This is not something you see everyday. A man is trying to take his life using a banana. Or he might just be doing a magic trick where he shoves a banana in his mouth and the banana peel comes out of the other end.
The days of solving business differences on a table are gone. The new way is a fight between the opponents on a roof top using umbrellas. And if its a stormy night, that’s the cherry on top. However, if you have a boring mind, you might think this photo illustrates gender differences in a work space.
What is up with the obsession with watermelons? Just when you thought things couldn’t get any weirder, you see this stock photo of a watermelon man. I am seriously concerned.
This is why you shouldn’t phone your girlfriend in your home; especially while your wife is in the kitchen cooking breakfast for you. This man got the pan instead of fried eggs in the morning.
The fashion industry is going bonkers. This guy looks like he didn’t have anything else to wear so he wore his father’s pants. And why not wear a hat on top?
This none is admiring the beauty of God’s creation underwater. But the unsettling thing about this stock photo is that instead of a swimsuit the nun is wearing a habit (the suit that nuns wear).
This stock photo did a fabulous job of showing what it looks like when you have a successful career but feel like trash inside.
What is this old woman, with shocking green eyes, holding in her hands? An electric carrot? But what is more troubling is the fact that she is shoving the electric-carrot up her nostril. However, what I am actually concerned about is where does the plug go?
The stock photo shows a woman cut in half from her waistline. And what’s interesting is how amazed she is while looking at her own ass sitting on a high stool.
My childhood’s worst nightmare was being in school naked. Looks like the nightmare became true for this man. Except that he is in the office. What’s more, if you look in the background, you can see a fellow employee being entertained by the man’s naked ass.
With 5G in it’s final stages the AI apocalypse is not too far. Here you see a visual representation of three drones with a menacing look on their faces, ready to destroy humanity.
When you forget to feed your dog and he comes at you with a gun. I’d advice all of you to save this image as a reminder of how important it is to feed your dogs (pets).
This stock photo of teeth in place of the eye gives me the creeps.
When you are so happy that you finally went through with the plan of kidnapping your boss so that you can replace him in the company.
When you were practicing your disappearing act in the bathroom but accidentally teleport yourself (and the toilet) to desert.
A yogurt is being spilled on a blonde woman and she can’t get happier. But the weird thing is the double meaning of this photo that I shall not go into.
This happens when you wanted to become a model but your parents wanted you to become a hit man.
When your wife is a strong, financially stable woman and does not have time to get pregnant. So, you decide to get pregnant and become a stay-at-home dad.
When you are so immersed in your mobile phone that you forget about your granny. I hope she is not dead.
Why is there a stock photo of an old woman who fell from the stairs?
The best way to re-gain your energy is to pick up a fork and stick it into a nearby socket. You’ll be feeling energized in no time.
This middle-aged man is spilling more juice than he is drinking.
Japanese women are known to live healthier and longer lives. Well, now you know their secret. Yes, egg shells. But, you better consult your nutritionist before trying it out.
This is what it feels like when you fail the “I am not a robot” test countless times.
When you love doughnuts so much that can’t help but snort doughnut powder.
When the company accidentally parcels the head of a crying woman instead of the wireless headphones you ordered online.
Women are known to be competitive. They can do anything to win. However, hitting a penalty against an old goalkeeper on a wheelchair is a little unfair.
This is the joy of a wife killing his husband with a knife. After seeing this stock photo, you will think twice before making your wife angry.
A suited man is eating the head of a fish right out of the river. Maybe this is the new power food in the business industry.
A kid, filled with joy, drowning in a sea of corn.
The stock photo shows a deflated businessman sitting on an office chair. Maybe, this is what businessmen do after they have worn themselves out with continuous work. Weird Stock Photos
A soldier is targeting an enemy with a keyboard. This stock photo seems to be an illustration of cyber wars that nations all over the world are fighting.
This mother, after working long hours of housekeeping needs some boost. So, what does she do? She snorts what seems to be dough powder.
This woman is licking a cactus. This is one of the most useless stock photos on this list.
A mother is giving cookies to her son. The odd thing is, both of them are wearing chemical respirators, presumably because of some kind of dangerous gases outside. But how will the boy eat his cookie? Another Weird Stock Photos
A man with the face of a pineapple is holding a dollar sign. And he also has a pound sign in his shirt’s pocket. Maybe a symbolic representation of a pineapple business. However, I bet there can be better ways to illustrate it.
A man is grabbing another man by his neck. But the weird part is the odd length and size of his neck.
We can see in this stock photo a corporate man disgusted by a corn dog. Why buy it in the first place?
A man dressed as Jesus (with his signature hand gesture) is taking a selfie with his tongue sticking out. It is a mockery of the modern society, maybe.
A corporate man is eating a house plant while wearing his suit. I presume, the photographer wanted to illustrate the similarity between a sheep and a average adult stuck in a 9 to 5 job.
After getting bored from hunting rabbits, this old couple has decided to hunt each other instead. As we can see both of them fighting with parts of a shotgun. They look happy.
With so many things being wrong with this stock photo, I don’t know where to begin. I don’t know what can get more weird than a goth teenager wearing women’s clothing, holding a tennis racket in one hand and a rifle in the other. Wait, don’t tell me.
In this final, weird stock photo we can see a lumberjack dog posing proudly behind a red car.
God works in mysterious ways. However, what is more mysterious are the acts of humans. Let us take this stock photo as an example. I mean, why the photographer put teeth in place of an eye is a great mystery.
I believe these images are enough to weird you out and make you realize the extremes of the human mind. I don’t know about you guys but my head is aching and I need to go to bed and try to forget about all the horrors I have witnessed here. I suggest you do the same.
But before that, do let us not what was the weirdest stock photo of all among these in the comments.
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