A while ago I stumbled across this amazing Photography project by New York based photographer – Brandon. Quoting Brandon – “Humans of New York provides a worldwide audience with daily glimpses into the lives of strangers in New York City.”
In the summer of 2010, Brandon set out on a goal 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.”
Along the way, Brandon’s project – HONY, took a completely different turn. Brandon started curating stories and quotes from his anonymous New York City subjects. He started including these small stories and quotes along with the portraits on his blog. “Taken together, these portraits and captions became the subject of a vibrant blog, which over the past two years has gained hundreds of thousands of followers. With over 300,000 followers on Facebook and 120,000 followers on Tumblr.”- Brandon
( Image credits: facebook.com/humansofnewyork All of the images featuring on this post belong solely to Brandon.)
Brandon curates his portraits and short stories of New York City on his website – humansofnewyork.com & Facebook page – facebook.com/humansofnewyork I have followed several of his portraits for weeks and now months. Leaving aside the Photography aspect of this project, what really amazes me is the kind of stories and quotes he captures. I have seen everything from brave, compassionate, heartwarming to inspirational content in Brandon’s work. His work is pure and unadulterated stories of folks from New York City. He captures some amazing portraits that sometimes tell a visual story even in the absence of textual content. I find his work non subjective and very inspirational. Checking his page daily is now a habit. There is always something heartwarming or encouraging one can find there. Armed with a camera, Brandon manages to really tell stories of the inhabitants of the City.
I really find his project inspirational. His work is a proof of passion & love for what he does. To see his entire set, check his Facebook page or website. If you love stories then this is for you – Stories. Recently Brandon, even went out in aid of the victims of Sandy. He set up an indiegogo page to collect funds for the relief of the victims of Sandy. Brandon in collaboration with Tumblr built a beautiful relief campaign for the victims of Sandy.
HONY & Tumblr Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser
Extract from the indiegogo page:”Tumblr and Humans of New York are teaming up to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. For ten days beginning November 11th, we will be documenting and sharing the stories of those affected by the storm. We hope to show all sides of the story, featuring not only the victims of the storm but also the first responders and volunteers who are helping them recover. Hurricane Sandy revealed the power of nature, as well as the power of humanity. We aim to document both. By doing so, we hope to encourage YOU to contribute the relief efforts.
The purpose of this fundraiser is to collect donations. However, to spice things up a bit, Tumblr and HONY are teaming up to provide incentives and rewards for donating. Tumblr is throwing in some cool Tumblr gear, and HONY is providing prints and other goodies. We are covering these expenses ourselves so absolutely all money raised will be going to relief efforts.”
It’s not every day you see someone like Brandon following his passion and curating stories from strangers. His project assumed a different direction along the way, but I love it. And I think a lot of you out there would agree with this fact. Humans of New York is without a doubt among the best photography projects I have seen.
Brandon, keep doing what you do.
Hey there. I’m Brandon. I get really passionate about things. At some time in my life, I’ve been obsessed or borderline-obsessed with saltwater aquariums, the baritone euphonium, reading, piano, filming, financial markets, New York City, and photography. I studied History at the University of Georgia. During my senior year of college, I took out $3,000 in student loans and bet it on Barack Obama to win the presidency. A friend heard about this bet and got me a job trading bonds on the Chicago Board of Trade. I traded for three years. It went really well for a while. But then it went really bad. Whoops. After I lost my trading job, I decided to move to New York City and take portraits of strangers on the street. Mom wasn’t too happy about that decision, but so far it’s gone pretty well. I’ve taken nearly 5,000 portraits and written 50 stories. And I’ve met some amazing people along the way.Feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.