Stock photos often look fake, weird, or simply too posey to be considered realistic. They are all so similar that you can easily recognize when a photo is a stock photo.
And sometimes, you can clearly see that the photographer and the model have no clue about the topic they are creating a photo on. A hashtag #BadStockPhotosOfMyJob recently spread on Twitter as people pointed out everything that doesn’t make sense about the stock photos that should represent their professions. The best tweets are listed below.
— John Taylor (@johnthevet) May 6, 2018
"And the Lord said: 'Let there be oxycodone'. And there was oxycodone, and the oxycodone was good. And there was much rejoicing!"
— Arya Snark (@XtremeRPh) May 6, 2018
As an evolutionary biologist, you have *no idea* how hard it is to find tweasers small enough to grab bits of DNA (which is the main part of our job, obvs) #BadStockPhotosOfMyJob pic.twitter.com/xtB7fvKI57
— Emma Hodcroft (@firefoxx66) May 4, 2018
A pediatrician, shown here about to test the primitive eye poke reflex, also known as the Three Stooges reflex. If present, the baby will place their hand vertically against the nose while saying nyuk nyuk nyuk. #BadStockPhotosOfMyJob pic.twitter.com/5yXFb5kxHa
— Clay Jones (@skepticpedi) May 7, 2018
— Mike Sidel (@MikeSidel) May 12, 2018
I sit in a dark room and project code straight to my face while solving complicated problems. This helps me to immerse myself in it and "feel" the code. #BadStockPhotosOfMyJob pic.twitter.com/eMtGurNr5d
— Tauno Talimaa (@tauntz) May 4, 2018
— Shiloh Carroll (@medievalismish) May 4, 2018
I often hold my slides and stare moodily at them. You know, instead of looking at them under the microscope that's right in front of me. Sometimes I invite a colleague to join me.
— James William Cooper (@James_W_C) May 5, 2018
As an ecologist, I can confirm that my days consist of much stethoscoping of trees in an unnecessary lab coat. It’s the only proper way to detect wildlifes. #BadStockPhotosOfMyJob pic.twitter.com/wAEB9YPnUc
— Kirsty Elliott (@Trouty_Trout) May 5, 2018
"Hey space astronomer, where is space?"
[Space astronomer puts on his lab coat and adjusts his space safety goggles] "According to my latest science, there is space." pic.twitter.com/ndeVJCsPXP
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) May 4, 2018
I don't know what people are going on about with #BadStockPhotosOfMyJob
This is exactly what I look like when I write. pic.twitter.com/HCb0uSFEOm
— Shanna Germain (@ShannaGermain) May 6, 2018
— (((Sam Crane))) (@Samanticka) May 4, 2018
— Liz Tunbridge (@LizTunbridge) May 4, 2018