Generally, the point of stock photos is to depict a wide variety of generic situations that will then be licensed by publishers to illustrate their articles. CollegeHumor uses stock photos all the time, and we’ve found a good deal of weird stuff before, but when I was searching for “middle-aged man crying” (as one has frequent cause to do), what I found was so much more than a middle-aged man crying. It was the stock photo journey of a lifetime.
In the first page of results for “middle-aged man crying,” was this gem:
Obviously, I abandoned my previous search goal, because life had provided me with a new purpose: look at every single photo that model had ever posed for because boy, oh boy, there were a lot.
I’ll answer your first question right away. Yes, there is a close up of his presumably naked crotch being covered by two weird wicker slipper things:
Clearly, these are completely fucking weird, but, you know, maybe there was a perfectly logical reason for this photoshoot and the model was only ever in normal photos after that.
Continue the journey with us and finish reading This Is the Absolute Weirdest Series of Stock Photos Ever