I had the honor of teaming up with the Museum of Wisconsin Art (based out of West Bend, WI) to attend an event with the famous, and ballsy, street photographer, Daniel Arnold. I hadn’t heard of Daniel until this event. After signing up for the event, I instantly stalked him on Instagram, naturally. His photos are eclectic and you will find a variety of emotions scattered throughout his photos. You’ll find anything from an interestingly dressed elderly woman to J Lo sending an air kiss to A Rod. A favorite is this pic of Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid eating bread at the Met Gala. (Please tell me how I can be as skinny and flawless as them and still be able to eat bread. That would be more valuable than winning the lottery in my opinion.)
The day kicked off with meeting other photographers and fans of David at a local grocery store cafe. We heard Daniel’s story of how he got into photography and how it has affected his life thusfar. He explained he was working an office job with little effort work where no one understood his love for photography. He explained he spoke to the internet instead. After his bio, we were able to ask questions up close and personal. What I found very interesting is that he was completely transparent. Ultimately his goal is to capture the emotions of strangers in their everyday lives.
Daniel has been taking lifestyle photos for years, but he explained he still to this day has an inner monologue ready if someone sees him taking their photos. I asked if he is allowed to take photos of random people and do they get angry. He said he has seen both sides, however you do not need a license or a release to take a photo of someone you don’t know unless the photo is used for an advertisement verse art. So ultimately, when you are in public, you have no privacy.
One interesting story he told was going to take photos at Lambeau Field –for any non-Wisconsin readers, that is in Green Bay, Wisconsin and is the home to our favorite football team, the Green Bay Packers. He said he was so nervous about getting the best photos. So he told himself, I have to want to be here the most and the photos will really show the passion he felt in the moment.
A few favorite words he said were, “style is getting attention without asking for it” and “the world is what you want it to be.” After engaging directly with the artist, we then took his advice on photography and applied it to real life. We headed to the bus stop and waited for it to take us downtown Milwaukee to find the best subjects (random people) to photograph without them knowing. Now that sounds weird, but what we were looking for was the raw emotion of strangers. It was a bit crowded so we went to Marquette University were freshman students were moving into their dorms. Now that was full of emotions. The new students unsure of what college would bring and their parents, probably feeling the same thing.
Along the journey I collaborated with Abbie of Stories Framed Photography to take some fun pics, take a look!
Our first visit was to the Milwaukee Public Market, one of my favorite places in Milwaukee and a place where you will find tons of people on any given day! I go there for lunch probably twice a week! Turns out there were shops lining the sidewalk on this particular Saturday. I stumbled into my friend Megan over at Busy Bee, check out her adorable apparel and goods here!
Isn’t this top ADORABLE?? I got SO many compliments walking the street! I love the embroidery (I can’t get enough for this season) and the pom pom details!
The face behind Stories Framed Photography, Abbie Miller!
The hot dog/brat stand, aka street meat, is one of my favorites! The gentleman who runs it is always dressed up like Superman! Here’s a picture of Daniel in action and here is the finished photo.
Check out the end result of that photo here on Instagram!
Photos by Stories Framed Photography
One thing I really took from this event is that I will never walk down the street without giving people an extra look. Trying to figure out what they are doing, where they are going, and ultimately admiring them. We take for granted how different people are and how we can all learn from each other.
Thank you Daniel and Miranda Levy from MOWA for a great day!