Humans

by Vicki on May 31, 2013

I’m so intrigued by humans – why we are the way we are, how we think, our relationships, our motivations, our emotions….as much time as I’ve spent thinking and studying people, I continue to be awed by our complexity.

A couple months ago, my intrigue of all things human drew me in to a photography blog that showcases people and their experiences in New York. The blog was started in November of 2010 by Brandon Stanton and is called Humans of New York (HONY).

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, which over the past two years has gained a large daily following. With nearly one million collective followers on Facebook and Tumblr, HONY now provides a worldwide audience with glimpses into the lives of strangers in New York City.

Since the blog’s inception, hundreds of “Human” blogs have been developed. This tells me that I am not alone in my intrigue. People thirst to see and understand the experience of others in their day-to-day existence.

One of the features of the site that I absolutely love is a Stories section. In this section, people or groups of people are featured visually and short stories on aspects of their lives are chronicled.

Just a word of caution, if you love people and trying to understand their experience, the blog is addictive. The pictures are spectacular, the stories are absorbing and new content is added daily.

 

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