What is the essence of a hipster? Honestly, it’s hard to say. The term hipster dates back to the 1940s, but the subculture itself is very new and undefined. You can’t even ask a hipster what defines a hipster, because most people considered to be hipsters don’t self-identify as hipsters . . . Confusing, right? If you ask around, however, you might hear that hipsters are young, middle class, and embrace an alternative lifestyle. They tend to choose non-mainstream clothes (especially vintage and thrift-store finds), organic foods, indie music, and urban homes. If you’re still struggling to wrap your head around the term hipster, scroll down and check out these photos from our hipster stock photos collection. Do they help define the subculture? We’ll let you decide.
Hipster Stock Photos
The key to this photo is its mystery. Depending on your perspective, it could be uplifting and optimistic or eerie and dark. The light creates an abstract design, which emphasizes the two silhouettes in the center.
The gorgeous lighting in this photograph, when combined with the subject matter, conveys a feeling of peace and solitude. You might imagine that the girl, with her eyes cast downward and her mouth closed, is simply enjoying the serenity that comes with being in a quiet and beautiful place.
With a hat reminiscent of Steve Zissou and a very unusual pose, this photo is both creative and humorous. The man’s style is hipster-esque, as is his apparent desire to be unique, artsy, and anti-mainstream.
Another word often used to describe hipsters’ style is “ironic,” which this photo hints at with its subject matter. The young couple, happy and in love, is surrounded by empty tables and sitting in a podunk diner. You could say that it’s an unusual place for romance.
This photo does not shy away from bright colors. A neon green wall and a turquoise wall form a corner, where a young man stands and gazes outward. His positioning, the boldness of the colors, and his posture convey confidence.
Lit with warm and golden tones, this photograph fuses the old-fashioned (the lantern) with the modern (punk lace gloves). Although some people think hipsters are defined by their love of urban spaces, the subculture extends to country living as well, as shown in this photo.
Using multiple exposures to capture the man’s movement, this photo combines a gorgeous sunset landscape with an innovative and interesting portrait. The man’s smile and hand gesture reveal his personality, and the gradient sunset works as both a second focal point and a colorful backdrop.
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Although it’s hard to define the word hipster, it’s easy to fall in love with this collection of hipster stock photos. Browse the full collection here.
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