If you’re a woman and you’re alone, you might be eating salad. And you also might be laughing. Put them together and you get a meme that’s already a couple of years old, “Woman Laughing Alone With Salad,” which is not only a simple statement said with pictures, but really does highlight the problem with stock photography; I had 10,000 choices on iStock to pick from when selecting the photo above.
Salad isn’t the only offender, though; New York Magazine took it a step further to look at other forced metaphors stock art is attempting to sell as creative. Letting the photography speak mostly for itself is an interesting commentary in a meme-focused world; that said, I think the bigger problem is a lack of creativity in some stock art contributors’ ways of illustrating more abstract problems. I guess salad and laughter indicates healthy habits? Dieting? Either way, we can do better.