A symbol for hospitality makes sense. From taste to imagery and emojis: I get good vibes and feel a general sense of positivity from pineapples. It's why I began to have a desire to shoot photos of pineapples in the first place.
Well, my personal website is all to do with my architecture photography.
There are a number of events that lead to my own greater pursuit of Pineapples and pineapple photography. This is probably the perfect time to lay it all out for you.
Finding a domain name for such a niche idea was important to me and it needed to include the word pineapple in some form. Much to my surprise, I discovered pineapples.io was available. I loved it because it was short and it might even gain some search engine rank someday (if that even matters anymore). This sure looked better than pineapplestockphotography.com or something equally lame feeling.
CURATED BY LONDON SCOUT
London Scout is a 3-year-old fashionista. She curated a collection of photos for Unsplash, which you can find here. Instantly, the photo went viral and the positivity I got from it was out of this world. So, yes, I am forever grateful because of such exposure!
TUMBLR & UNSPLASH VALIDATION
Pineapples.io is set up on Tumblr (unlike this blog that is on WordPress) and we use Unsplash as a simple way to host images (more on this later). I had no idea that my photos and idea for pineapple photos would be validated as people began to follow and seriously download. I didn't do the best tracking or documenting at the time of being featured, but I tried. Below is a point-form list of notes/events for just past a week after the photo was curated by London:
- 297 new Tumblr followers in 24 hours
- Seeing my pineapple photo amongst twitter feeds while running @unsplash account
- Seeing multiple people change their phone wallpaper to a pineapple.
- Great feedback from people on the photo
- Project and idea validation from curation
- Great exposure
- Phone notifications going crazy as more people follow on Tumblr
- Email from Tumblr saying pineapples.io has been placed in the trending blog area
- Loved getting an email from Matt Henry about photos and idea!
- 2,311 followers on Tumblr
- 13,700 downloads on Unsplash
- 5,000 followers on Tumblr
- 23,323 downloads on Unsplash
August 13th (10 days later)
- 5611 followers on Tumblr
- 27,529 downloads on Unsplash
PINEAPPLE SYMBOLISM & MEANING
Saving the best for last, the biggest reason as to why I have gone “all in” with Pineapples is because of the symbolism and personal meaning that I get from them.
Positivity and a general excitement for life don't come easily to me. I have to work at it and find articles like this: Can you make every day feel like Saturday? Every day is a battle when you deal with depression and anxiety — even on medication. The more you can associate yourself with good vibes and positivity the better.
One way, for me, to combat depression is through photography; however, what if I connect photography and the positive hospitality of pineapples?
Over the years, I've been literally searching for my way to bring positivity to people and bring awareness to mental illness — mainly depression. The general positivity I've received from my pineapple photos is very encouraging and I have begun to see a strong opportunity for using this idea to do social good.
BEYOND PINEAPPLE PHOTOS
Part of going “all in” is about going beyond pineapple photos. You might even say I'm moving to be a pineapple. haha. How this will work or play out, I don't know yet. I faintly see more pineapple content and pineapple curation so that we can become the source for all your pineapple obsessions.