I know this has been around for a long time now, but I just had to write about Humans of New York because, even years after its creation, it honestly never fails to inspire me. Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind this now famous blog, is a master at capturing people’s emotions with just an image and a few words.
It’s easy to be cynical in this city, and far too often, we let people fade into the background, or worse, see them only as a source of frustration. (This, for example, comes to mind.) But Stanton’s photos show us that everyone has a story.
By getting people to open up about their fears, insecurities, hopes and memories, he reminds us that despite our differences and eccentricities, we all share the human spirit.
He’s photographed people in locations all over the world (his Iran photos are so touching), but the subjects who give the blog its name are so quintessentially New York, with their bold personalities and sometimes grumpy demeanor. Looking at the photos always reminds me why I love this city!
Most importantly, it reminds me to stay curious about people and to look first for the positive in everyone I meet.
With that said, here are a few of my favorite photos from the blog:
And my all-time favorite.. Yep, I’m a sucker for love.