Daniel Arnold may already be known to some of you. With over 30,000 followers on Instagram he has certainly built an audience for his work. He has even been called the best photographer on Instagram...after his account was shutdown when he uploaded a topless photo of sunbathers one fateful day. Arnold has since returned and it seems his plans for notoriety on Instagram may have hit a new high when it was reported he made $15,000 in a single day using the platform.
Daniel Arnold is best described as a street photographer perusing the streets of Brooklyn for up to 8 hours a day snapping images on his iphone so that he may later upload them to his wildly successful instagram account. That success however did not translate into any real income for the avid photographer. In fact he has said that the sheer absence of work is what drove him to spend so much time photographing the streets of his hometown.
We have written about using Instagram to find work before, here and here, but Arnold took a slightly different approach. Recently Daniel Arnold celebrated his 34th birthday and it occurred to him that he had no clue how he would pay for rent the following month. So Arnold did what Arnold does best, he took to instagram, and posted the following message for all his followers:
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org (one d) and I will send a paypal invoice, followed by a signed print. Easy peasy. Happy my birthday. I love you"
Daniel Arnold embodies a true street photographer. One look at his work shows us that he is extremely skilled at capturing split second moments and serves up a good dose of humor from a hectic and fast-paced environment. He is seemingly able to extract the emotion in a single moment and capture it eloquently for the viewer. Thus when Arnold made the one time offer on Instagram many of his followers jumped at the occasion. What Arnold did not expect was that he would sell nearly $15,000 worth of his photography in a single day.
Though the offer was intended for a mere 24 hours, due to its success, Arnold has not yet decided what to do about the extra orders which are still pouring in.