The Web is smothering in useless images. These clichéd, stock images communicate absolutely nothing of value, interest or use. They are one of the worst forms of digital pollution because they take up space on the page, forcing more useful content out of sight. They also slow down the site’s ability to download quickly.
It's so true, isn't it? How much bandwidth and electricity is spent sending middle-aged-man-staring-into-camera.jpg?
Great photography can be a powerful emotional trigger and be a distinguishing feature of a design, but there is a line between that and some random Unsplash thing. (Says the guy who absolutely loves the Unsplash integration on Notion.)