humans of new york

Have you guys heard of Humans of New York? HONY is a photography project, a brainchild of a guy named Brandon who, after losing his job as a bonds trader in Chicago, moved to New York with the sole goal of photographing strangers on the street. It's grown to have a worldwide following of nearly a MILLION fans, and with good reason! Brandon's photos have incredible depth, even in the most simple portraits, and the snippets of people's stories he gathers are incredible. It's so cool to see the stories that every ordinary (or sometimes super weird) person walking down the street has.

A HONY book will be released this October (I pre-ordered my copy!) and I'm sure it's going to be amazing.

Here are some of the most recent HONY portraits shared on his Facebook page. Be sure to follow him on Facebook for daily doses of humanity.

"What was the happiest moment of your life?" "Any time I wake up and nothing hurts."

"If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?" "Try your best to deal with life without medicating yourself." "You mean drugs?" "I mean drugs, food, shopping, money, whatever. I ain't judging anybody, either. I was hooked on heroin for years. But now I've learned that every feeling will pass if you give it time. And if you learn to deal with your feelings, they'll pass by faster each time. So don't rush to cover them up, or you're never gonna learn."

"There's a lot of pressure being the child of immigrants." "Why's that?" "My mother is Thai, my father is from Chile. They met while working at a restaurant. There's a knowledge among first generation immigrants-- that they aren't going to be the ones to achieve the American Dream. They have to work hard and struggle so that their children will have a shot at it. So they educate their children and pass the Dream along to them. And now I have an obligation to make more fucking money than them, to live the American Dream, to validate all the risks they took and everything they went through. And that's a heavy burden."

"What's your greatest struggle right now?" "Imposed insecurity." "What does that mean?" "I spend a lot of time worrying about changes in things that I have no control over. Medicare, Social Security, things like that. I worry about my ability to grow old with dignity. They keep talking about cutting this, and taking that away. They shouldn't be springing that stuff on my generation. We did everything we were told to do. Spring that on a generation that has time to plan for it."

"I write in my journal everyday." "Why's that?" "So much happens in life, I think it's good to live it again and get some distance from it. Or else everything is in a muddle, like on a merry-go-round."