Humans of New York was started by Brandon Stanton in the summer of 2010. It is an exhaustive catalogue of New York City’s inhabitants. Along with breathtaking and refreshing pictures, there are quotes and short stories from the people being photographed.With over eight million followers on social media, HONY now provides a worldwide audience with daily glimpses into the lives of strangers in New York City. He projects every kind of emotion brilliantly. If you are looking for something positive something funny something heart-wrenching Brandon Or Humans OF New York Is your go to guy.
"I've been having nerve issues, and this past year it's gotten so bad that it hurts too much for me to walk. It was completely unexpected. I've always been such an optimistic person, but now I'm fighting with depression. He's doing everything he can to take my mind off of it. We're not sure if I'm going to get better, but he's planning a backpacking tour through Europe for when I do. And I told him that I didn't think I could handle a visit to New York right now, but he told me that he'd push me around the whole city. And he has. And whenever I feel particularly down, he tells me that he's not going anywhere, and how happy he is that he married me. Not long ago I had a particularly rough period, and when I was at one of my lowest moments, he asked if we could renew our vows."
"Who's influenced you the most in your life?" "My principal, Ms. Lopez." "How has she influenced you?" "When we get in trouble, she doesn't suspend us. She calls us to her office and explains to us how society was built down around us. And she tells us that each time somebody fails out of school, a new jail cell gets built. And one time she made every student stand up, one at a time, and she told each one of us that we matter."
"Who has influenced you the most in your life?""My mother. She had me when she was 18 years old, and my father left when I was one year old, so I never really knew him. Like a lot of single moms, she had to struggle to work, and eventually she also struggled to go to school. And she's really the person who instilled in me a sense of confidence and a sense that I could do anything. She eventually went on to get her PhD. It took her ten years, but she did it, and I watched her grind through it. And as I got older, like everyone else, I realized that my mother wasn't all that different than me. She had her own doubts, and fears, and she wasn't always sure of the right way of doing things. So to see her overcome tough times was very inspiring. Because that meant I could overcome tough times too."
"I grew up in a neighborhood with a lot of cops and firefighters, but I decided to be a stock broker instead. It went well at first and I began to make a lot of money. I thought I was going to be rich. But then I made some bad investment decisions and lost it all as quickly as I'd made it. Then September 11th happened. I was working on Wall Street, right near the towers, but I wasn't the one running into the buildings. I was in an office trying to make some more money for my CEO. And it just really brought into focus that I wasn't doing anything in my life to help people. So I decided to join the fire department.
"I can see both of our families in him. When I look at his face, I can see my brother, my mother, and her grandmother. It makes me feel like I'm extending something much bigger than myself. It makes me feel powerful."
"Back in the 30's, I used to go to summer camp in Maine. Those were the happiest days of my life. There was a great freedom. I rode horseback, walked in the woods, went swimming, made new friends.""What was your happiest moment at camp?""One time I won a tennis match and got 50 points for my team. The whole camp was divided into two teams: Green and Tan. And we competed all summer long to see which team could get the most points. And 50 points was a really big deal! To give some perspective– you'd only get ten points for riding on the gunnel of a canoe."
"I think people perceive me as being much bolder than I actually am. I have a lot of trouble with confidence. I've dyed my hair since kindergarten. My mother colored my hair as an experiment before trying it on herself, and I liked it so much that I kept doing it, even though she told me not to. Eventually the colors grew wackier and wackier. Then I started wearing off-the-shoulder shirts, and miniskirts, and lots of prints. I was always the different kid. In middle school, I had so much trouble making friends that I tried to dress normally for a while. But that didn't work either."
"I'm raising a biracial grandson full time. Every time I try to discipline him, he says it's discrimination."
"I got heart-crushed. She told me that she liked another boy while we were sitting in class, so I told the teacher that I needed to go to the bathroom, but I really just went and splashed water on my face."
"Today's the due date. I gained more weight during the pregnancy than she did. Seriously, I gained 40 pounds.
"How do you know each other?""We don't."
"I'm an ex-convict, ex-crackhead, a pastor, and the leader of a program that gives ex-offenders a second chance."