If you care about the world of photography, you may know that famous YouTube star Logan Paul recently sold a set of photos titled 99 original copies Like NFTs for tens of thousands of dollars per image.
Is the group worth that much? Is Logan Paul the Artist Who Will Change the Photography Industry? Is Logan Paul even an artist?
I decided to dive into these questions, and this video (above) and article are my answer and critique of some of Logan Paul’s photos in 99 original copies Collection.
No. 73 “No Fly”
Logan shared that he took this photo as soon as a rainbow appeared over the plane. And randomly, he had a large stuffed animal penguin with them for the shoot to add to the photo.
sold for: $42,074 (21.5 ETH)
The image is dark and there is no unique ‘moment’ captured. It looks like another generic image of famous landmarks in Iceland.
#34 “Mermaids Don’t Exist (Anymore)”
This image of a mermaid is centered on some sand. There’s a shadow, probably, of Logan taking the picture in the corner.
sold to: $23,380 (17.6 ETH)
The juxtaposition of the mermaid – who is supposed to be in the water – and the sand creates a unique effect.
#81 “Hidden House”
The house in this photo is one of the most expensive Airbnbs to rent in Joshua Tree. The picture is stunning, as the house blends seamlessly into the horizon.
sold to: $30,938 (25.43 ETH)
While the composition is interesting, the image does not create a special moment or feeling.
This is Logan and my favorite image in the entire 99 Originals collection. It would be very difficult to capture the consistency of the shot, thus, it makes for a fun shot.
sold to: $24,421 (18.15 ETH)
Stunning composition that’s hard to pick up, plus some mystery and storyline.
#21 “Mr. Monster First Sip”
Logan shared that this was one of the first photos he took on his Polaroid and he was nervous about figuring out which moment to capture.
sold to: $21,366 (15.88 ETH)
Cash: 3.5 / 10
The composition isn’t very strong and without knowing the backstory, it’s just a simple shot with a bit of emotion or story.
#28 “Jake Paul Beats Tyron Woodley At Cleveland 8/29/21”
This photo captures a meaningful moment for Jake Paul – his boxing match victory against Tyrone Woodley.
sold to: #20182 (15.00 ETH)
There may be some optimization in the composition, but that’s partly because it’s hard to frame something perfectly on a Polaroid camera.
#1442 “Monkey Boredom”
You may not have seen a picture of a monkey before! What makes this photo unique is that the monkey is wearing a custom suit based on the famous Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs.
sold to: $104,286 (46.5 ETH)
Cash: ? / 10
I’m not sure about this – it’s a great idea, but it has some technical challenges (eg 3D glasses don’t have the correct colors).
#31 “Mike Tyson’s Bath”
A classic example of how an interesting subject does not always make a photo interesting.
sold to: $44,000 (22 ETH)
Cash: 4.5 / 10
The frame is discontinued because half the frame has nothing to see – either frame Mike Tyson more and highlight the emotion or show the setting.
#84 “Pikachu Painter”
Well, I love this because of my personal connection as a national champion in a Pokémon card game! It shows a great moment and is an interesting topic. The pokemon card pictured is the most expensive card in the world, the unique 1998 perfect case 3D ‘Illustrator’ Pikachu for which Paul paid $5.275 million.
sold to: $83,152 (61.8 ETH)
It needs a bit of textural work – it doesn’t add the tilted horizon to the shot and could have fixed it.
No. 64 “Rainbow Road”
Like the Mario Kart Rainbow Road, this shot was difficult to get due to the lighting.
sold to: $24,811 (18.4 ETH)
It needs some work to fill in the negative void and create more story.
No. 91 “21st Century Visit to Chichen Itza”
Logan describes this photo as documenting “one of the simplest Instagram photos ever” – a man taking a picture of his girlfriend in front of a famous teacher.
sold to: $20,720 (15.4 ETH)
The framework could use a bit of work, and there’s so much focus on the milestone that everyone picks up on it.
Final Thoughts on Photography by Logan Paul
Logan recently took up photography, and all in all, he’s done a good job with 99 original copies. They have a special meaning for Logan and his followers and make for a great NFT project, especially compared to other NFTs that have gained in popularity.
Although some of the images are excellent, many of them could use more work from an artistic perspective. He struggles with both composition and storytelling at times.
So, the big question remains: Are the Logan Paul photos worth tens of thousands of dollars and millions of dollars combined?
I would say no, but that doesn’t mean there is no value. Logan Paul 99 original copies It offers some great NFT features that add value. For example, you can choose the color of his cape and shorts for his next fight or even take him to the ring!
Interesting NFT space. While I don’t feel that Logan Paul’s photography deserves much in terms of artistic merit, he does something innovative and creative.
Generally I do not recommend Create NFTs from your photography Unless you are already a known artist and can offer additional perks.
About the author: Martin Kaninsky is a photographer, reviewer and YouTuber based in Prague, Czech Republic. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. Kaninsky runs the channel about photography. You can find more of his works in his works websiteAnd the InstagramAnd the YouTube channel.