7 June 2021

Creepy istock images

RedHerring The Back Page

Human limbs in the shape of a swastika, pineapple births, brain holes… istock isn’t the safe space you might expect it to be!

Like most publishing houses, we spend a lot of time browsing through stock images, looking for photographs that are: A) not yawn-inducing, B) not racist/sexist/transphobic/ageist/inappropriate and C) ideally display cute fluffy animals.

Unfortunately, every istock search is a roll of the dice, and can throw up something akin to Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights just as often as a kitten and baby duck photoshoot.

The following is a picture journey through our weirdest istock library experiences.

If this is a toilet paper hoarding reference, why the VR headset and the glass of milk?

Pineapple births… is that a common complication?

We did warn you this was coming.

Someone had too much fun with photoshop.

Ah we know the feeling!

The centaur and the horse-butt creature.


Picturing your zombie workforce…


Distracted boyfriend’s girlfriend girl who is in every iStock search we do.

If you see something creepy, say something. Send creepy istock images to felicity@medicalrepublic.com.au

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