Sultan Gustaf Al Ghozali, a 22 year old computer science student in Indonesia, took a photo of himself sitting in front of his computer every day for 5 years. In the photos, Ghozali looked directly into the camera with a expressionless look.
According to Ghozali, he initially wanted to use the selfies to create a time-lapse video for his graduation. But then decided to sell them as NFTs.
Ghozali listed his 933 selfies titled “Ghozali Everyday” on the NFT trading platform OpenSea. “Uploading my photo into NFT lol,” he wrote on his Twitter account on 10 January.
“I was thinking it might be funny if one of the collectors collected my face,” Ghozali told curious reporters at his university’s campus.
“I never thought anybody would want to buy the selfies, which is why I only priced them at $3,” he said.
Ghozali’s photos initially gained the attention of a celebrity chef who purchased some of the selfies and promoted them on his social media accounts.
Until now, over 500 users have purchased the student’s emotionless selfies. Some followers on social media have made t-shirts with his image, and others have created songs about him.
As of last week, his NFT collection has reached a total trade volume of 384 ether, which is equivalent to more than $1 million.
Ghozali has expressed his confusion about how he became a millionaire selling his selfies as NFTs.
“Today today sold more than 230+ and until now I don’t understand why you want to buy #NFT photos of me !!! but i thank you guys for 5 years of effort paid off,” he wrote on Twitter.
Ghozali said that he still hasn’t told his parents about his newly created wealth.
“To be honest, I still haven’t had the courage to tell my parents. They would be wondering where I got the money from,” Ghozali said.