When I tell people I write a blog many questions ensue. Among them are how much money do you make? When did you start it? Is it hard? HOW MUCH MONEY DO YOU MAKE??!!
I will answer one question today, and unfortunately that question is not how much money I make.
I will answer that one day, I promise. But today I want to address inquiries on whether or not I find it difficult. The answer is that the writing is not difficult at all. I absolutely LOVE to write, its my thing. Writing and I are in a long-term relationship, and our favorite date is thrifting. So hanging out with bae at our favorite hangout spot is a dream come true.
I love writing informative posts. Writing is easy. Finding stock photos of black people is hard.
If you haven’t yet noticed, Creole Thrift almost exclusively features black persons in the images detailing each blog post. The reason for this can be explained in a drawn out spiel on the importance of black representation in media but
So I’ll save you from the Black Experience 101 lesson and just sum it up with this picture:
Yet as I strive to provide images of black persons in situations that reflect the blog posts topic I often encounter difficulty in finding them. Stock photos including Black people are extremely rare.
While a search engine search for a basic subject (i.e woman wearing a red shirt) turns up millions of Caucasian women very few of the results include black women.
To increase the number of black women in my search I have to include “black woman_____” in the search subject. Even with that specific subject added I still often find the results laden with images featuring Caucasian women.
In an effort to minimize this dilemma I have compiled a list of sites which feature black people in stock photos.
This website is located at nappy.co and features “beautiful, high-res photos of black and brown people. For free”. The images this site provides are rather stunning. The images provided differ from traditional stock photos as they provide depth and reality with excellent photography and diverse models. Some images I found on Nappy demonstrating this can be found on the homepage of their website.
CreateHER is a unique website. CreateHER is “a grassroots resource and digital space for stock imagery that can be used for lifestyle, business, and everyday content creation for bloggers, creatives, and online influencers”. CreateHER offers a concise array of content catered to the verbal desires of their subscribers. Subscriptions are extremely affordable, for a low price you can gain access to a diverse array of images!
WOC in tech
The creators of this set were inspired to create it due to the lack of images of women of color doing tech activities available. The photos are totally free and contain hundreds of images! This photoset is available to the masses on Flickr.
Do you know of any sources that exclusively feature black stock images?