Daniel Arnold doesn’t like being Instagram famous. He doesn’t like the curated, false nature fo the medium. But, like it or not, his images of everyday life have created a huge following — and become a phenomenon. Because they are vivid, they are relatable, they are awkward — and they are difficult to replicate. So when Arnold tried to reach Like Art host Oz Woloshyn how to capture Times Square on nothing more than a disposable camera, the result was fascinating.
While roaming Time Square, Arnold set out to show Woloshyn how to think less and do more. “I don’t have to take a good picture every time and I don’t want to take a good picture every time,” Arnold explains. “I want the experience of going and having a day.” It feels like guerilla photography, catching objects off guard. Why doesn’t he want to ask anyone if he can take a picture of them? His answer is really revealing. “It ruins the picture. They start thinking — they start lying.” His insistence on keeping every image authentically candid leads to images that are both accessible and arresting. He can’t give them time to think about what they’re doing — because then they’re no longer doing it.
To see how much Arnold was able to teach Woloshyn, you can check out the whole video here:
As he speaks it becomes clear that he is able to capture the city because he is enthralled by the idea of being part of the city. He’s captivated by it and he pays attention to its nooks and crannies. So although his methods seem off-hand, they seem shambolic and haphazard, they are actually deeply rooted in his passion for the city around him. And that’s why his images ring so true.