Humans of New York

1."I’m a philosophy professor."
"If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?"
"Never make an exception of yourself."
"What does that mean?"
"People like to make exceptions of themselves. They hold other people to moral codes that they aren’t willing to follow themselves. For example, people tend to think that if they tell a lie, it’s because it was absolutely necessary. But if someone else tells a lie, it means they’re dishonest. So never make an exception of yourself. If you’re a thief, don’t complain about being robbed.”

2. I decided to drop a heavy question on him, and asked: “What’s the secret to living a good life?”
He immediately answered: “Don’t think bad thoughts.”
3.  “I’ll give you the same advice that I give everyone.”
“What’s that?”
“Have a short memory for offenses, and a long memory for kindnesses.” 
4.  “When I was younger, I thought listening was just about learning the contents of someone’s mind. I’d always try to finish their thoughts, just to show them that I knew what they were thinking. As I got older, I learned to listen better. I realized that by trying to anticipate their mind, I was ignoring their heart.”
5.  "What’s the meaning of life?"
“Wear chicken suits.”
6.  She was resting after a dance performance in Washington Square Park. After I took her photo, I began with the interview, but she cut me short. “I’m not good with words,” she said. “That’s why I speak with my body.”

7.  "What’s your greatest struggle right now?"
“Trying to put together a new dresser from IKEA.”
8.  "It was easier than I thought it’d be."
9.  I took this photo just a few minutes ago. She was sitting outside of a bar. As I photographed her, she kept inhaling deeply, then exhaling slowly. “Man,” I thought, “I’m really annoying this girl.” Until…
"What was the saddest moment of your life?"
"Right now."
"What happened?"
"The person I love wants to take a break. He’s still inside." 

10.  "What’s your favorite thing about your sister?"
“She’s my friend"


I came across this Tumblr a little while ago and instantly fell in love with it.
Here is a little background to what the site is if you've never had a peek of it before-

"In the summer of 2010, photographer Brandon Stanton set out on an ambitious project: to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City.  Armed with his camera, he began crisscrossing the city, covering thousands of miles on foot, all in an attempt to capture New Yorkers and their stories.  The result of these efforts was a vibrant blog he called “Humans of New York,” in which his photos were featured alongside quotes and anecdotes."

The first night I found this I sat for over an hour going through all the posts, each one more beautiful, amazing, funny or heartfelt than the next.

I have picked some of my recent favourites for you to see.
But honestly bookmark the site and whenever you have a spare few moments go and have a read because it really is just awesome.

I just love the idea that all these different types of people are just wandering the streets of New York just waiting to tell their stories.....

Oh and Brandon has a book coming out which is a collection of his favourites from the site and loads of unseen and exclusive photos too, I can not wait to get my hands on it.  It comes out Oct 15 , You can pre-order it HERE

Visit Humans of New York HERE


Madeleine Roach said...

This is so beautiful!