Part of enjoying this amazing planet is appreciating its beauty through other’s eyes. Our site, when we can will use images from istockphoto whenever we can on this site. Stock photo sites tend to have an unfairly bad reputation as a ‘corporate’ place, but there are tons of high quality images from independent artists that will help you to appreciate the beauty of the world around us in unique ways.
For example, check out this image that iStock.com posted on their Twitter acccount:
The skill of certain photographers to see what we don’t normally see is a special and valuable skill. It gives you a chance to change your perspective. Something you may walk by every single day and never notice may be one of the most beautiful things you’ve ever seen, once a skilled photographer is able to use perspective and lighting to bring out its beauty. It could be an old building, or an alleyway, or even a small crack on the sidewalk.
Just remember to support your local photographers, whether it be through sites like iStock, or their own personal portfolio websites. These people truly do have special powers!
The above image from a photographer named Borchee. iStock used one of his images in their Twitter feed.
The ‘Stock Photo Couple’:
When people think of stock photos, they tend to think of cheesy corporate photos of people in business suits shaking hands, or perhaps they think of the famous ‘stock photo couple’, where the man is caught looking at an attractive girl looking the other way. It’s also known as the ‘distracted boyfriend meme’:
We know, it’s silly. The couple actually has an entire backstory that’s told entirely through photos (you can view it here).
But stock photo sites like iStock have actually become amazing places to see cutting edge photography and pioneering techniques with new lenses. These photos, videos and more are a hub of creativity that’s fuelling a whole new generation of shutterbugs.