Humans of New York
After a few weeks in my native New York, I can confirm that humans who live in the gorgeous and gritty city are truly fascinating. People-watching is the best way to get a feel for what NYC is all about – and it’s better than any tourist attraction. You’ll experience the raw energy that defines New York with interesting people from all walks of life that make the city a beautiful melting pot of colors, cultures, languages, beliefs.
If you can’t make it to New York anytime soon, you can join in on the daily updates from HONY – Humans of New York, a collection of powerful images and stories of New Yorkers, on your Facebook or Tumblr feed. The project was created in November 2010 by photographer Brandon Stanton, who decided to move to New York after losing his job as a bond trader, and has grown tremendously with over one million likes on Facebook.
Brandon’s talent is evident, as he is able to convey strong emotion – either sharing the subject’s joy or pain – with a stunning portrait and a few words. He explains how his project evolved:
HONY resulted from an idea that I had to construct a photographic census of New York City. I thought it would be really cool to create an exhaustive catalogue of the city’s inhabitants, so I set out to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers and plot their photos on a map. I worked for several months with this goal in mind. But somewhere along the way, HONY began to take on a much different character. I started collecting quotes and short stories from the people I met, and began including these snippets alongside the photographs. Taken together, these portraits and captions became the subject of a vibrant blog. With hundreds of thousands of followers on both Facebook and Tumblr, HONY now provides a worldwide audience with daily glimpses into the lives of strangers in New York City.
(photo credit: HONY)
Eidos Tweet: Every city has a story to tell.