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Heroes stock photos that do not hide the pain

A British journalist publishes “dark” images from photobanks with criminals, weapons and drunkenness.

A picture from @darkstockphotos
A picture from @darkstockphotos
June 2, 2017 British game journalist Andy Kelly (Andy Kelly), who works in the publication of PC Gamer, created a Twitter account for an account called Dark Stock Photos (“Gloomy stock photos”).

Kelly collected “extremely fucking stock images,” whose authors wanted to convey the gloom of the situation, but could not. For a comic collection, the journalist used paid photobanks like Shutterrstock and iStock. The account was known in just a week, and Kelly himself noted that his project will soon collect more subscribers than he himself.


The pictures published in Dark Stock Photos often depict criminals, terrorists and people with firearms that do not look as frightening as they were intended.


Also Kelly found several stock photos of people in depression. Many of them are portrayed with alcohol for persuasiveness.

In 2011, stock photos of a Budapest resident, Arató András, gained popularity because of the expression of a Hungarian face, which seems to suggest overwhelming pain. Because of this, users nicknamed him “Harold hiding pain.” In March 2016, the media learned that Andrash registered in VKontakte, but at the end of May 2017 he said goodbye to his subscribers and started a profile on Facebook.

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