When stock photographers translate the lives of the normal and non-famous, the results are often pretty, but strangely, often hilariously, off-putting – and that’s in a good stock photo. Sometimes we use stock photos, and when we do, we work hard to find the good ones, often falling down a rabbit hole of sexist, ethnically homogenous, and downright weird pictures before hitting on an image that is, at best, unrealistic.
We’re not the only ones to have noticed these problems with stock photography. Sites like Women Laughing Alone With Salad and It’s Like They Know Us are hilarious takedowns of the ever-smiling pristine white world of the stock photo. But The Stock Photobomber might be even better. Instead of hilarious captions or dry wit, The Stock Photobomber highlights the weirdness of it all by inserting himself in the picture.
Also known as Matt Vescovo, the 45-year old animator and writer told Buzzfeed News that he got the idea of photobombing stock photos after walking past picture frames in a gift store.
“I remember looking at the stock photo of the smiley family in a loving embrace they had in the frame and thinking to myself: ‘They’re not a family, they’re actors who met 10 minutes before they took this.’ It felt a little fake to me and so I thought, ‘I know what will make it more real, if I’m in there.
The reaction has been pretty amazing, people really seem to like the photobombs. I think photobombing is such a big thing these days and I just happened to take it and add a little twist. I do it all on Photoshop. God bless Photoshop.”
Indeed. And bless you, too, Mr. Vescovo.