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The Stock Photobomb Book

One man's attempt to inject reality into the unreal world of stock photography by injecting himself.

The Stock Photobomb Book

One man's attempt to inject reality into the unreal world of stock photography by injecting himself.

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About

As an art director in advertising, I’ve spent years sifting through stock photography. If I had to guess, in my 20-yr career I probably viewed some 845,742,923,012 images, but that may just be how it felt. I find that when I look at stock photos, I experience the same uncomfortable feeling I have when a bank teller asks me with a forced smile, how my morning is goin' or when I eat soy based meatloaf. It’s not simply that my teller’s greeting and the meat substitute are fake, it’s how hard they pretend that they’re not - that bothers me. I can no longer sit idly by as the phonies and fakes of the world go unpunished. Which is why I need to publish this book.

This is a mock up of the book. The real book will look like this, but be a real book
This is a mock up of the book. The real book will look like this, but be a real book

I'm sure you understand as you yourself have been assaulted by bad stock photography on a daily basis.

Title: Young people dancing
Title: Young people dancing

My response... with Photoshop 6.0 and my own raw emotion I give stock photos what they are missing... a soul.

Title: Man applying deodorant to partygoers
Title: Man applying deodorant to partygoers
Title: Stressed out businessman
Title: Stressed out businessman
Title: Co-workers playing hide and seek
Title: Co-workers playing hide and seek
Title: Elderly woman getting into car accident
Title: Elderly woman getting into car accident
Title: Mother freaks out over son's recorder playing
Title: Mother freaks out over son's recorder playing

New stock photobombs appearing in the book!

One of the reasons I am so excited to publish this book is that the format allows for me to explore tons of new Stock Photobombs!

- Stock Photobombs where I feed various food items to stock photo models

- Throwback Stock photobombs of my Great Uncle Angelo Vescovo photobombing super old stock photos from the 1940s.

- A section called when Stock Photo models attack, where Stock Photo models get revenge by photobombing my personal family photos. (How rude)

- Several new Stock Photobombs where I do even stupider stuff than I've already done and embarrass myself more than I already have.

All together there will be about 60 -70 new stock photobombs!

How'd it all start?

Nov 20, 2013 7:42PM The exact moment I came up with the idea to photobomb stock photography
Nov 20, 2013 7:42PM The exact moment I came up with the idea to photobomb stock photography

https://www.facebook.com/stockphotobomb

Initially my crusade started as a photoblog on Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter, my friends who are younger than I am told me it went viral whatever that means. It was featured on Reddit (3 million views) Buzzfeed (1.5 million views) Huffington Post, College Humor, Playboy.com, The Telegrapher, Adweek, Bored Panda and The Laughing Squid. I was even interviewed by an Australian TV show and a Russian one. (slow news day I guess) I even got recognized by someone who works at my local pizzeria, which was weird, but on the flip side we got extra meatballs on our pizza that night.

All this positive feedback has steeled my resolved to continue to photobomb stock photos, no matter how grueling and draining it may be for me. If hearing that makes you really, really happy, then please donate. 

Rewards

Stock Photobomber Postcard pack - Full color and double sided to perfectly show off the before and after bombing effect. 5 cards in each set!

Fancy fine art prints for fancy people - Get a large format print for your home. Reward prints come unframed.

The actual recorder signed by the actual Stock Photobomber from the "Mother freaks out over son's recorder playing" photobomb
The actual recorder signed by the actual Stock Photobomber from the "Mother freaks out over son's recorder playing" photobomb

 Props from the photobombs signed by the Stock Photobomber!

Risks and challenges

Hopefully this Kick Starter campaign will be successful. If it is, I'll give myself 3... 4 minutes tops to celebrate, because after that I'll have a ton of work to do. I'm estimating that I then will need to photobomb 40 -50 new stock photos and have it all put into the book, printed and shipped. With that I said, I will do everything in my power to get my book completed in time for delivery in March 2016. I will of course keep everyone updated on my progress.

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    THE REAL DEAL PACKAGE

    You will receive my gratitude and the joy that comes with the knowledge that you just thrust Stock Photography into the real world.

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    A piece of Stock Photobomb history- I will email you a digital photo taken the exact moment when I came up with the idea to Photobomb Stock photography.

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    THE MOMMY & BABY BOMB 2 PACKAGE

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    THE SWEEPSTAKES PACKAGE

    Back this reward and not only do you get a signed Stock Photobomb book, but you will also get your name entered in a sweepstakes where you could win the opportunity to have the Stock Photobomber retouch your face onto the body of a stock photo model in the next photobomb he posts online. The winner will be chosen at random. Winner of the sweepstakes must have a decent resolution camera and must sign a release. Winner will only be chosen if Kickstarter project is successful after October 1st.

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    THE IT'S PERSONAL PACKAGE 2

    Upgrade your signed copy of the Stock Photobomb Book to one personalized and dedicated to you by The Stock Photobomber himself. You will also receive a set of postcards.

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    KICK STARTER EXCLUSIVE 1- 15 X 20 signed fine art print of your favorite Stock Photobomb, a signed copy of the Stock Photobomb Book and a set of postcards.

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    THE PROP PACKAGE

    Receive the actual beige recorder used in "Son's recorder playing causes mother to freak out" photobomb signed by the bomber, along with 15 x 20 print. You will also get a signed copy of the Stock Photobomb Book and a set of postcards.

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    THE CONTROL FREAK PACKAGE

    With this pledge you get the opportunity to choose 1 stock photo for me to bomb. The finished photobomb will be included in the book along with your name. You will also get a signed copy of the Stock Photobomb Book and a set of postcards. Stock photo must be chosen by end of October 2015 and backers must sign a release for their name to be used in the book. The stock photo must be chosen from the ROYALTY FREE library on Superstock.com and must fit all usage guidelines approved by Stock Photobomb LLC.

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    THE BE A STOCK PHOTO MODEL PACKAGE

    Your face will be retouched onto a stock photo model’s body in a photo. I will then photobomb that photo and put it in the book. Backer must have access to a High resolution digital camera, must sign a release and the photoshoot which will be led by the Stock Photobomber via video chat, must happen before end of October 2015. Stock Photobomber has final say on image. Backers will get a signed copy of the Stock Photobomb Book and a set of postcards.

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    Your company's logo, will be put into the corporate sponsor's page in the book. Backers of this reward must sign a release and provide me with a high resolution file of your logo. Backers also get a signed copy of the Stock Photobomb Book and a set of postcards.

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    THE SINGLE WHITE PHOTOBOMBER PACKAGE

    This backing will give you the opportunity to know what it's like to be The Stock Photobomber, by having him retouch you into a stock photo. You will be a part of the whole process. You will pick a stock photo with the bomber, brainstorm ideas, then have him photograph and retouch you into the stock photo. The resulting image will be printed as a 15 x 20 print and handed to you by the Stock Photobomber with great ceremony. Backers must live in or in the surrounding area of Los Angeles. You will also get a signed copy of the Stock Photobomb Book and a set of postcards.

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    KICK STARTER EXCLUSIVE 1- 8 X 11 signed Stock Photobomb fine art print (your choice), a signed copy of the Stock Photobomb Book and a set of postcards.

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