Aren’t people tired of seeing the same bush over and over?
Like a lot of great ideas the idea of a stock photo website dedicated tot cannabis came while showering. Because of the beneficial effects the plant has on her sister, photographer Ophelia Chong wondered if there was a service that provided high quality pot photos for commercial use. It turned out there wasn’t. Looking at her sister and realizing that that she was not the stereotypical “stoner”, the image of the “pothead” has been so persuasive in the public eye. Her mission then began to destigmatize the public perception of the cannabis community. Six weeks later Pot Stock Images was born.
Ever since she teaches photography to students, she encouraged her graduate photographers to take pictures of cannabis. She realized weed was a big part of their culture and it was easily available in most of the households her students lived in. This made it an ideal subject. Now she licenses imagery that portray real people and the communities of cannabis, from seed to sale, from child to adult, from dab to flower, it is an all encompassing collection unrivaled at any other stock agency in the world.
She started out with forty photographers and 2.300 images. In two years Pot Stock grew to 170 photographers and 14.000 images. They mostly supply images to people within the rapidly professionalizing cannabis industry. And all thought the names of strains can cause Ophelia to wonder how they name them, StockPot Images has the largest collection of strains available in the world.
,,The main reason I got into to doing this is when I realized there are only a few pictures available. Aren’t people tired of seeing the same bush over and over? These pictures really influence the way people think about cannabis. They show up with every news story that appears in the media. There is much more to weed than just a stoner sitting on the floor surrounded by empty bottles. That is what I try to show with the collection we have at StockPot Images."
,,One of my photographers came out of the Marines suffering from PSTD. His portraits of military veterans in their uniform holding prescription drugs and cannabis was a statement about the benefits of cannabis versus the pile of painkillers and anti-depressants that are prescribed daily to millions of veterans. "