It’s not often that someone can remind us of the humanism that still exists in the world today. Personally, with today’s sort of disconnected age of social media and personal phones/computers, the celebration of life is overlooked.
That’s why I chose to blog about Humans of New York. For those of you unfamiliar with this photo-blog; Brandon (creator/photographer) basically walks around the streets of New York City and photographs various different people and strikes up conversations with them. Subsequently, he posts the photo (with consent, of course) and includes a caption or the subject’s answer to a question Brandon posited.
I began following the site about a year ago when I came across a post shared via Facebook and was immediately hooked. About two years ago I bought a DSLR camera and began to take pictures (and never stopped). That coupled with the content of the blog itself resonated well with me, and now I look forward to reading HONY everyday. The simplicity of the idea does not overshadow the impact. In fact, it adds to it. Brandon does not discriminate in his postings, as you will find anyone and everyone from Wall Street Executives, the homeless, tourists, even pets.
The reason I believe Humans of New York has gained so much popularity is because it reminds us that everyone has a story and everyone is going through something; we’re all humans, after all (except the puppies, but who doesn’t love puppies?) If you have never visited the blog I would definitely recommend it to everyone because it truly is inspiring.
The posts are sometimes happy;
The can be sad;
Sometimes just fun;
Whoever you are, I think you’ll appreciate HONY. Brandon also spends a considerable amount of time doing various different projects for the benefit of his audience and the community and that is often relayed in the blog. Just check it out, you won’t regret it.