Taking Stock Photos to Strange New Places

Joonas Paloheimo has a rare talent to see new possibilities within ordinary stock photos. Peer into his process and see the evolution of one of his amazing photo illustrations.

One look at the website of Joonas Paloheimomakes it clear that this 28-year-old Helsinki-based illustrator takes a playful view of life and design. But underlying the cheeky graphics are solid Photoshop skills and an inventive use of existing image sources, such as stock photography sites.

Paloheimo has a knack for looking beyond a photo’s composed scene and seeing the new possibilities within. He often lets the stock image be his inspiration. Rather than search for a photo that serves a theme, he may see an image and create the subject from it. For example, he came across two images with “fantastic poses [that] were begging for me to create something.”

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