Brandon is back with the Humans of New York book that his loyal followers have been waiting for: Humans of New York: Stories. Ever since Brandon began interviewing people on the streets of New York, the dialogue he’s had with them has increasingly become as in-depth, intriguing and moving as the photos themselves. Humans of New York: Stories presents a whole new group of people in stunning photographs, with a rich design and, most importantly, longer stories that delve deeper and surprise with greater candor. Let Brandon Stanton and the Humans of New York he’s photographed astonish you all over again.
If you’d like to read something inspiring and worthwhile, start following Humans of New York (HONY) on Facebook or other social media. HONY is a photoblog and book that features street portraits and interviews collected on the streets of New York City. Started by Brandon Stanton as a photography project in 2010, the initial goal was to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers on the street and “create an exhaustive catalogue of the city’s inhabitants.” After a while, he started interviewing the subjects in addition to taking their photos. He’d include quotes and short stories, which went on to become an informative blog. HONY has over twenty million followers on social media, and provides a worldwide audience with daily glimpses into the lives of strangers.
A month ago, Stanton shared stories from Moscow. Click on this link to read more about this young lady and see her photo: Humans of New York.
“I’m ninety, but I feel like I’m fifty. I don’t take any medicine. I never complain. I’m just happy to be alive. I tell people: ‘Start with what you have, not with what you want.’ Every day, I dance for two hours. And I’m still really interesting too. I love politics and literature. I love the sciences. And I’ve got a boyfriend named Alexander. We exchange books. I don’t even know how old he is.”
So many great things to talk about. She feels fifty and, in my opinion, looks fifty. How many people do you know who don’t take medications as they get older? (I know of one person, over 65, who takes one pill a day…a baby aspirin!) And, c’mon, who dances for two hours a day?
I love that she finds herself “still really interesting.” Would you describe yourself that way? Do you know anyone, especially over 60 or 70, that brags about how interesting they are?