Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Humans of New York

My name is Brandon and I began Humans of New York in the summer of 2010. 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.

"Don’t spend it all in one place. If I hadn’t spent it all in one place, I wouldn’t be here right now." “And what place did you spend it?” “Fast women and slow horses.”

"I’ve got an interview tomorrow at Mt. Sinai. I’m trying to get into their medical program." “What’s the most frustrating thing about the human body?” “That there’s so much we don’t know about it. Studying the human brain is like staring into outer space.”

"What was the happiest moment of your life?"
“When I got hit by a car.”
“When you got hit by a car?”
“They gave me $16,000.”

"I perform in angle grinder shows."
“What are those?”
“I put on a metal outfit, then I grind the metal off it so that sparks shoot everywhere.

"I’m retired now. But I was the CEO of the NY State Energy Research and Development Authority.""What’s something about energy that a lot of people don’t know?""Energy is the main source of pollution. I don’t think enough people make that connection. They think of pollution as giant industries spewing smoke into the air, but in reality it mainly comes from the energy that we use everyday— driving our cars, lighting our houses, even that camera you’re using. We’re never going to stop needing energy, so we just have to find the most efficient ways of creating it.”

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