David Arnold’s strategy seems to follow the reasoning that if you spend enough time in and around people going about their daily lives, something interesting will happen. And it’s working brilliantly well for the Wisconsin native, who has built up a following of over 100,000 followers on Instagram – not bad for a non-celebrity. Goodbye Stranger is the result of the photographer’s recent travels, and it is a collection of images brimming with spontaneity that belies the patience required to capture them.
Though Arnold’s subjects are strangers, we feel we know them, or at least something about them, after experiencing just one fleeting moment in their company. The exhibition running now at Chicago gallery Paris London Hong Kong is arranged according to an narrative imagined by the artist, which begins with the nattily-dressed gentleman in Mulberry Street and follows a daydream that he is having, taking in a Paris flea market, an NFL stadium and a beach in Queens among other diverse places, before ending in storied Chicago watering hole The Billy Goat Tavern.