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The People From Stock Photos – Turns Out Debbie Ray’s One Of Them [VIDEO]

Morganza Spillway Opening
Mario Tama/Getty Images

Do you recognize anyone in this stock photo?  Have you ever wondered who those people are in the pictures that accompany stories in magazines, newspapers and on the internet? Sometimes, they’re the actual people they’re writing about, but sometimes they’re not writing about the people at all. Say for example, you’re reading a story about driving. The article isn’t about any particular driver, just about driving, but the photo that accompanies the story shows a lady driving a car. Who is that lady and how did they get her picture?

Well, here’s how it happened to me…

On May 15, my husband and I decided to take a drive up to Melville, Louisiana to see the rising water from the opening of the Morganza Spillway. While we were gazing out at the bridge and the water and pondering what was happening to the people whose homes, crops, camps and land was being flooded, we noticed a guy with a nice camera taking a lot of pictures. Turns out, he was a photographer for Getty Images, a photo service that a lot of news organization, including us, use to illustrate their stories. That’s how Dave & I turned up in a ‘stock photo.’

Here’s the caption that went with it:

:

KROTZ SPRINGS, LA – MAY 15: People look on at the flooded at the flooded Atchafalaya River during a mandatory evacuation on May 15, 2011 in Krotz Springs, Louisiana. The Morganza Spillway floodgates were opened for the first time in nearly forty years yesterday to lower the crest of the flooding Mississippi River. St. Landry Parish officials ordered a mandatory evacuation today for around 2000 residents in Krotz Springs and nearby Melville, Louisiana. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The photo above is that photo. The movie below is what I shot. I’m pretty sure the guy who photographed us is the guy squatting by the pole in the beginning of this video.

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