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Sangeeta Kocharekar
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 15:07

Photographer Kevin Abosch made $1.5 million on a pic of a potato

KEVIN ABOSCH

Well-known photographer Kevin Abosch turned his lens on a vegetable, and then laughed himself all the way to the bank.

A photographer by the name of Kevin Abosch pocketed a cool $1.5 million on a photo he took of a potato last year. Known for snapping well-known business people (think Google, Facebook and Twitter higher-ups) and even some celebs (think Johnny Depp and Neil Patrick Harris), Kevin decided to switch things up last year with some ~different~ subject material. So, instead of humans, the Irish visual artist instead used a vegetable. 

He chose a spud from his own home country because #ShamrockRepresent, and one of the organic variety because organic-so-hot-right-now. True to his signature style seen in his other 'portraits', Kevin placed the potato in front of black background. And behold, Potato #345 was created.KEVIN ABOSCH

Kevin said the sale came about when a loyal customer, a German businessman, was visiting his Paris home in 2015 and noticed the tater pic hanging on his walls. Over dinner and way too many a few glasses of wine, the deal was finalised. 

The photog explained his affinity for potatos to CNN recently.

“I see commonalities between humans and potatoes that speak to our relationship as individuals within a collective species. Generally, the life of a harvested potato is violent and taken for granted. I use the potato as a proxy for the ontological study of the human experience."

That, or Kevin wanted to have a completely still/"STOP MOVING DAMM*T" subject just once.