#Inspired By: Humans of New York

I know Humans of New York has been around for a long time now, but even years after its creation, it honestly never fails to inspire me. Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind this now famous blog, is a master at capturing people’s emotions with just an image and a few words.

It’s easy to be cynical in this city, and far too often, we let people fade into the background, or worse, see them only as a source of frustration. (This, for example, comes to mind.) But Stanton’s photos show us that everyone has a story.

By getting people to open up about their fears, insecurities, hopes and memories, he reminds us that despite our differences and eccentricities, we all share the human spirit.

He’s photographed people in locations all over the world (his Iran photos are so touching), but the  subjects who give the blog its name are so quintessentially New York, with their bold personalities and sometimes grumpy demeanor. Looking at the photos  always reminds me why I love this city!

Most importantly, it reminds me to stay curious about people and to look first for the positive in everyone I meet.

With that said, here are a few of my favorite Humans of New York photos:

Humans of New York underwear man photo

“I’m wearing really plain looking underwear.”

Humans of New York attached dog

“He’s very attached.”

Humans of New York Dad reading with kids on the subway

Seen on the subway.

Humans of New York I'm two little girl photo

“I’m two!”

Humans of New York photo of woman eating snow in Central ParkSeen in Central Park.

Humans of New York best friends since 1967

“We’ve been best friends since 1967.”

Humans of New York man with Santa hat trying to keep the spirit alive

“Just trying to keep the spirit alive.”

Humans of New York glamorous MTA conductor

BREAKING: MTA conductor caught being glamorous.

Humans of New York photo of couple alone in Central Park1.7 million people on this island, but you can still get away.

Humans of New York photo of man saying not to rush through life

“It’s important not to rush through life so much that you don’t find time to do the things you really should be doing.” / “What things do you wish you’d made more time to do?” / “I wish I’d learned to drive a racecar. Learned to cook. Followed up with a certain young lady. I wish I’d read more. I’ve got this stack of books I’m going through now, but I should have read them 50 years ago. I’m even reading Harry Potter!”

And my all-time favorite. Yep, I’m a sucker for love.

Humans of New York photo of man with flowers happy on a Tuesday“Sometimes, when I’m going home to see her, I think: ‘Nobody should be this happy on a Tuesday.’”

What are your favorite Humans of New York photos?


1 Comment

  1. June 6, 2014 / 11:32 am

    Yeah this blog makes me smile on a daily basis! Always such rich and colorful stories!

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