Daniel Arnold made $90.03 on Thursday when he had a smart thought: Why not offer a few photographs on Instagram?
Arnold, a Brooklyn-based photographic artist, loves popularity on the network: He was praised by Gawker as “the best picture taker on Instagram” two years prior, subsequent to getting suspended for posting a photograph of topless sunbathers at the shoreline. He’s since came back with another account and now has 22,000 followers and more than 1,300 photographs in his stream.
Apart from his photography, Arnold has composed for MTV and The Fader. At this time, he says by means of Gchat, ” Am between classifications, and until yesterday wasn’t financially profiting from doing anything. Searching for photograph work however in its unlucky deficiency, i spend most days strolling around the city taking photographs (iphone and 35mm) for up to 8hrs a day.” His mode is the thing that you may call humanist urban voyeurism: road scenes, confronts on the tram, individuals having un-hesitant minutes. Stuff like this:
Photo by Daniel Arnold (instagram.com/arnold_daniel)
However, strolling the boulevards with an iPhone doesn’t pay the bills. On the eve of his 34th birthday, Arnold hadn’t the foggiest how he was going to make rent for the next month, thus, at midnight, he posted this message on Instagram:
“Hello, I just turned 34 this second. For one day only I am selling 4×6 prints of whatever you want from my Instagram archive for $150 each. I swear I will never sell anything this cheap again. If you’re interested, send a screenshot of the photo(s) of your choice to [email protected] (one d) and I will send a paypal invoice, followed by a signed print. Easy peasy. Happy my birthday. I love you”
The reaction took him by surprise. Requests poured in. After a day, he’d gotten almost $15,000 worth of solicitations, and gathered some $5,000. One purchaser offered him $1,000 in advance for prints of any photograph that had gotten more than 1,000 preferences.
Since he has such a variety of photographs, no single picture has emerged as the staggering top pick, he says. Various individuals have requested one of a pantless tram Santa Claus, and another prominent one, is of a well looking noble man getting a shoeshine on Ash Wednesday. One man requested a print of the topless photograph that got Arnold’s unique Instagram account banned in the first place. He’s French, normally.
Initially, the deal was just expected to keep going for 24 hours. Arnold, who’s as yet meeting expectations through a huge build-up of requests, says he’s yet to choose what to do about that confinement, yet it seems like he won’t turn them down. As it would turn out, “I’ve been eating toast three suppers a day all February.”
“Furthermore, I am no business visionary,” he includes. “I’m a business blockhead.”