What do you see when you look at this image

Posted by Sam on May 5, 2017

This image available for purchase on multiple stock photo sites.

Is your first thought:

“That looks like diverse group of four hard working business people”


“Holy shit, that’s a Swastika”

How in the world does someone create this, show it to ANYONE, and not get the instant feedback “I like where you’re going with this…. buttttttttt it looks a lot like a Swastika.”

I hope I don’t get sued for using this image in my post. Could be the end of old Bansheemann. All credit to Getty Images? If they sue I may counter-sue based on the image being insensitive.


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8 thoughts on “What do you see when you look at this image

  1. I want to know how the light source is low enough to create such a long shadow for their legs while also lighting the tops of their heads.

      • Another light source up high though would’ve canceled out the shadow from the top-left guy’s foot though, unless I’m really just missing something.

  2. Why were you looking at this image?

    On a side note, stock photography is terrible. It has basically destroyed the profession I was trained to work in. Always pay a real photographer to create something unique to your message if you have the resources.

  3. Keep in mind that outside of Europe and America you see “swastikas” all over asia. They usually are used to denote some affiliation with Buddhist traditions. In Japan they’re all over maps and they’re the key symbol to denote “temple here”.

    Europeans/Americans come here and talk about how terrible it is, and don’t realize that it’s got literally nothing to do with Nazi’s or WWII. They even talked about removing them as to not offend the ignorant tourists here during the Olympics.


    Real talk tho dude should have darkened the shadows and would have had no issues with the image.

    • I was not aware of that! If this image were created by a Japanese company with Japanese designers (or anywhere else in Asia), then that seems plausible. I just assume it was two white dudes in an office in New York or something.