Photography, like any art, has its glories and its frustrations. Photography memes capture those emotions and draw to light what everyone is thinking but not saying. Here are our picks for the Top 10 Funniest Photography Memes of All Time along with some backstory on the creation of each one.
This is more of a series of photography memes created by Geeosarus and posted to their Imgur account a few years ago that went viral. Like most memes, each one uses the same photo but, drops in phrases or actual frustration stories told on it on them. At the top of his page he writes, “So most of these are my own stories and a couple of them were experiences that my photographer friends shared with me.”
These memes were created out of frustration, and it shows, but it a wholly positive way. People are inconsiderate and oblivious to their level of entitlement and Geeosarus puts them on blast in the most delightful way.
This meme was created in June 2011. It’s also known as Internet Husband and Redditor’s wife, as it was originally created in a Reddit forum (where most memes were birthed for a period of time). The original image is a stock photo image from Getty images with a title of “Man working at computer with sad woman in background.”
It’s been the subject of hundreds if not thousands of memes. But this one that depicts the life of a photographer beholden to his clients is perfect. Blame the Internet. In the world of anything you want on demand, people want things now, even if it’s not a service that can be expedited quickly. No idea who the creator is, but kudos to them.
Some say e-cards are the original internet meme. They launched in 2007 and were parodies to traditional hallmark style cards. Their satire quickly evolved into more than that becoming images that were sent to people regardless of whether they needed a card or not. The message is what made them relevant. Their cards are the perfect base for memes, many are written by Some e-cards themselves, but a lot of them are re-purposed as memes as it’s very easy to replace the words and use the fun images as you would stock footage.
This meme perfectly captures the frustration many photographers face. People somehow think because all you’re doing is pushing a button on a camera it’s not work. They recognize the talent you have by asking you but don’t recognize that the talent is worth anything to them monetarily. Yet, they want it. It’s a weird conundrum, but as someone who’s seen people use “free” wedding photography, you do indeed get what you pay for.
This one is authorless, but it doesn’t make it any less awesome.
How many times has this happened to you? You look through your camera’s viewfinder and the image is black. You toggle the power, check the battery and then realize… oh, I left the lens cap op. Usually, I have the same reaction to “where did I put the lens cap?” and it almost always is in my back pocket. This one is attributed to a Facebook page Photography memes
The original photo was taken by Massimiliano Uccelletti, but someone else re-purposed it into what everyone else was thinking. If you’ve ever gone skiing, you’ve seen people who have never skied before hitting the slopes wearing the most expensive gear you can buy, from their goggles down to their boots and they spend most of their day falling up and down the rope tow. That type of thought process of “if I have the best I can be the best” happens all the time in the world of photography. People want a shortcut. They want to be good at something without the work and unfortunately, as everyone has a camera on their phones, everyone thinks they’re a photographer. Some go a step further and buy the most expensive camera, gear that seasoned photographers would be envious of… and they have no idea how to use it or care to learn how. This picture captures that perfectly.
This fits with how we all feel when we nail a hard shot. Like we can do anything. It was posted by like a boss. No idea if they were the creator, but whoever took that photo has got that B setting down like a champ. The actual “like a boss” Meme is something that can be applied to any image where someone is just winning at life and dominating their respective field.
Why is this funny? Because that’s how all photographers feel when they lean over a balcony or crouch down low to take a shot. We may not look as good as John Rambo shooting that butterfly, but damn it, we feel like we do.
The Extreme Photography Meme is credited to Matthewman on Imgur. But who made the actual Image of Rambo shooting the butterfly is unknown and it’s been used on countless memes.
This is definitely one for the real photographers out there. As anyone can technically capture an image with a camera, there’s no other equivalent in any other field outside of writing where people will literally just buy a camera, post images and say they’re a photographer. If you had no experience and you bought a trumpet, sure you could make some kind of sound… but would you go around telling people you’re a musician? Professionals hate it when amateurs claim to be something they haven’t earned yet as it gives everyone a bad name. It also makes you look stupid.
Introduced in 2011 through meme of “you must be new here” Willy Wonka has been talking down to the world for the last seven years and it never gets old. It’s fun to put words in the mouth of fictional and iconic characters that we all know and love. That’s what makes this meme great. We get to be the sarcastic and condescending candy maker and have him vent about whatever we want to. This also plays two ways. Photographers can be snobby and elitist but new “photographers” can be annoying, this accomplishes both of those things. Ahhh… the internet. Posted by Amonor
Like Willy Wonka, manager Bill Lumbergh from Office Space is the perfect vessel to get useful information across in the same spirit of how it would’ve been said in the movie. This is so fitting because even many of photographs and photography memes in this article reference this sad fact. So many images are taken and re-purposed and used for other things… hence memes. But the first person who takes it and re-purposes it should acknowledge where that image camera from. Why, because it’s art, man.