- The weird science of stock photography
This Slate article ended up in my feeds as it mentions my favourite stock photography girl (well lady now!): the Everywhere Girl. As most of you know (if you didn’t, now you do): I am fascinated by her travels in the online and print world. This reminds me that I need to use TinEye on a few of her images and see what I spot this time around. A couple of things caught my eye in :
“We had a bad day when Dolly was cloned,” says Denise Waggoner, vice president of creative research at Getty. “We hadn’t been studying biotechnology, and suddenly everyone wanted a shot of 25 sheep on a seamless white background. So now we try to keep our toes dipped in the water in lots of different fields, so we can be ready.”
And the fact that the list of most popular search terms for 2006, 2007 and the first half of 2008 all include: business, people, and woman. (Woman climbed from eighth to fifth to first).
As a rule of thumb, the lifespan of an image depicting contemporary fashions and technology is roughly four years. “That’s the maximum shelf life for, say, a woman walking down the street talking on a cell phone,” says Waggoner. “After that, she’s retro.” – unless of course she is the Everywhere Girl!
- The Everywhere Girl is truly loved by everyone!
As most of you know I track the Everywhere Girl appearances and when I have time I even update my blog post. Today this is a quick post as I just used TinEye and landed on the Microsoft Finland page with you guessed it…the Everywhere Girl on the home page. If you are not familiar with the Everywhere Girl, start your adventures here and here.
- Everywhere Girl
I just stumbled upon Joey Coleman’s write up on MacLeans.ca about the Everywhere Girl and his reference to my blogpost about her. I wish I had seen his University of Manitoba blog post from 2005! Nice addition to our Everywhere Girl tracking. I haven’t seen her lately in our image identification reports since our book cover findings. I wonder if she has ever been used on a cover of a CD? We will soon find out!
- Everywhere Girl, The Book
If you’ve ever worried about photos from your past coming back to haunt you, get to know the story of the Everywhere Girl. Over a decade ago she was a young actress posing for a series of stock photos. While she’s no Mona Lisa, in recent years her photos have made their way into royalty-free collections and crept into print and web designs the world over. First chronicled in Paul Hales’ technology blog The Inquirier and later by Idée’s own CEO Leila, the Everywhere Girl now even has her own blog. While fans have been compiling her images with the human eye for years, no method is better suited to this kind of task than image-recognition technology.
We indexed a series of Everywhere Girl photos using PixID our image recognition technology and have been monitoring the appearance of the Everywhere Girl. Here are the interesting results from our book cover monitoring project:
The Let’s Study Series of Christian books
- Peter (Let’s Study) by William W. Harrell
- Corinthians (Let’s Study) by David Jackman
- Galatians (Let’s Study) by Derek Thomas