23 stock photos we can’t even begin to explain

We dare you to find a use for these.

 

David Britton

Internet Culture

Published Mar 2, 2016   Updated May 27, 2021, 3:39 am CDT

Stock photography is the unsung workhorse of the online community. Where would be without awkwardly staged pictures of businessmen checking their watches, or ethnically diverse children hugging in the spray from a sprinkler? The Internet would be a boring wasteland of words, occasionally adorned with blurry photos taken by journalists who have no idea how to properly capture a woman staring sadly out a window on a rainy day.

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But in their rush to provide us with ever more diverse and niche images to fill our every need, sometimes stock photographers miss their mark. That’s when they give us stuff like a woman trying to kill a goldfish with a handgun: 

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An Imgur user who goes by the charming moniker “DragonDildoChandelier” has created a gallery called “Stock photos that never should have existed,” and it containins some of the best examples of these baffling works of art.

Like these people who seem super into a sandal: 

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Or this lady who seems super into a piece of bread:

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Or this guy who seems super into a watermelon:

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Or this guy who is a watermelon:

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Or this guy who’s super into… Christmas?

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And how often have you been writing a blog post and found yourself frustrated because you couldn’t find the perfect image of child committing suicide with a rope of hot dogs? Well, put down those drawing pencils—today is your lucky day.

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Scrolling through these images, you can’t help but be confused about what the photographers wanted to accomplish. I mean sure, you won’t be as confused as this guy is by this chicken:

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Or as confused as anyone would be by this chicken:

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But it’s perplexing nonetheless. Check out the entire gallery below:

Stock photos that never should have existed

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*First Published: Mar 2, 2016, 4:41 pm CST