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October 15, 2013 / becca shayne

humans of new york

It’s all about stories. Humans of New York is a brilliant project by Brandon Stanton, and is most visible on Facebook. Brandon pulls personality out of man-on-the-street, gives faces names, gives crowds personalities. The stories are touching, inspiring, delightful, nostalgic, sad, and uplifting all at the same time. You can buy his book here

ABC has a wonderful spot on Brandon that is entirely worth the six minutes. Side note, the song in the background is Intro by one of my favorite artists, Alt-J.

watch the video vid

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"Why are you wearing a pilot's outfit?" "I wear it every day." "Do you want to be a pilot when you grow up?" "No, I want to be a teacher." "Why aren't you wearing a teacher's outfit?" "I don't have one."

“Why are you wearing a pilot’s outfit?”
“I wear it every day.”
“Do you want to be a pilot when you grow up?”
“No, I want to be a teacher.”
“Why aren’t you wearing a teacher’s outfit?”
“I don’t have one.”

"What's your greatest struggle right now?" "Aging." "What's the hardest part about aging?" "Bending."

“What’s your greatest struggle right now?”
“Aging.”
“What’s the hardest part about aging?”
“Bending.”

"I want to be a fashion designer, but I work in visual merchandising to pay the bills. I get off late almost every night-- a lot of times it's after 9 PM. So it's hard to find the energy to be creative. I should be sketching new pieces or sewing every night, but I'm too tired. Then the weekend comes around, and all I want to do is relax and decompress from the week. But those are the only two days I have to work on my dream."

“I want to be a fashion designer, but I work in visual merchandising to pay the bills. I get off late almost every night– a lot of times it’s after 9 PM. So it’s hard to find the energy to be creative. I should be sketching new pieces or sewing every night, but I’m too tired. Then the weekend comes around, and all I want to do is relax and decompress from the week. But those are the only two days I have to work on my dream.”

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  1. Robert Goldman / Oct 20 2013 12:48 PM

    Hi Becc. I took several hundred shots in NYC, many, many portraits. Didn’t know about humans of ny till yesterday when Izzy suggested I post. I love the people I got. Some of the shots are pretty good. When I get home, I will look into doing something with my portraits.

    Sent from my iPad

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