The Scientific Process Through Stock Photography

Stock photography offers a candid look at the essence of any “keyword” through the eyes of the general public. Given the renewed interest in my original Awkward Science Stock Photography post, I decided to check if the essence of science has changed over the years. Are all scientists merely chemists, confounded by an endless spectrum of coloured liquids? Let’s test this hypothesis by piecing together the process of Science using stock photography from the search-term “scientist” alone.

It all begins at the lab window where various molecules are drawn using markers. Mathematicians do it, so why not scientists?

Next, scientists obtain chemicals and set up their work area. If they’re a female scientist they often do this in a revealing or full-on nude way.

Female scientists should check their make-up and hair before things get too crazy. Before:


The aim of a scientist is to observe a coloured liquid and learn from it, but before they truly observe a liquid they must first engage in pouring and mixing.

This one is actually pretty badass… great pour.

Mixing is also important and some scientists will opt for the force to mix their liquid.

It’s easy to become miserable after lots of pouring and mixing

A soothing bench nap supported by the comfort of chemical laden gloves or jagged electronics will help.

She’s disappointed because it’s clear. Failed experiment.

This man could not assemble the molecular model kit. Experiment failed.

Next, it’s finally time for the scientist to observe the liquid! Way too close though.

The color of said liquid may induce shock. This is when you know you’re doing high-quality Science.

To be fair, microscopes can also be shocking.

Now that the hard work is over, the scientist may enjoy the fruits of his or her labour.

Certain coloured liquids warrant a phone-call to the local newspaper for immediate publication in the science column.

Occasionally, the best fluids are injected into food to improve crop yields. How else can a scientist get paid?

Scientists may also need to expose mice or dogs to your fluids in order to make designer cosmetics.

At the end of the day, scientists coddle their prized liquids by snuggling and cradling them.

As a scientist, I can verify this sequence of events resulting in Science is more or less correct. Thank you stock photographers!

32 thoughts on “The Scientific Process Through Stock Photography

  1. Interesting/depressing to note that almost all stock scientists are white, male or sexed-up young ladies. There’s a lot of seriously bad wiggage on display too.

  2. Pouring green liquid is so much more entertaining when you’re pouring it into a beaker of influenza virus and you’re not wearing a mask or even gloves. Sure, you could keep your mouth closed, but, really, what’s the point?

  3. It’s really hard to pick up only one as my favorite. All of them are amazing. But I should admit, sometimes I cuddle my reaction vessel and/or the instrument I’m using. It’s meaningless being mean with your reaction/instrument. They have feelings too!!!

  4. T¡Yeah, I agree with the tired girl in the photo “A soothing bench nap supported by the comfort of chemical laden gloves or jagged electronics will help.”:
    You really DO need a microscope in your electronic workshop!

    Plus, the brightly colored water is a big big lie. When working at a laboratory in my university (when making my thesis project) the only one color I ended up in my water was boring white: The color of a bad mixed Tyrode solution :(

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