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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Humans of New York

The website Humans of New York has stolen my heart. Photographer Brandon Stanton takes portraits of people around the city, from firefighters to street musicians to goofy little kids. The photos are beautiful, but the captions really make them. Here are my 11 favorites, below...

"The Moment (C-Train) This photo was taken around midnight on a Brooklyn-bound C Train. The son was sprawled out on his father’s lap, sleeping. The father was cradling the boy’s head in his hands...One of the most natural, beautiful moments I’ve ever been able to capture."
"The Art Hustle (Central Park) In this city, you’ve got to do anything you can to get an edge on the competition."
"The Advertiser (SoHo) 'May I take your photo? You look beautiful.' 'OK, just make sure you can see the bag.' 'Oh, I didn’t realize you were advertising something.' 'Isn’t everything beautiful advertising something?' "
"The Promoter (Central Park) 'Just to let you know, I’m out here promoting my company. I know you wanted my photo because you thought I was a grown ass man sitting around with a puppet.' "
"Chivalry (Midtown) When they crossed the street, he was carrying her dress for her–just like this."
Boogie (Williamsburg, Brooklyn) The painter heard me laughing, and without looking down, said: 'Boogie’s looking at you sideways, isn’t he?' "
"Life-Saving Rope (Upper East Side) Happened to walk by a small fire last night, just as the trucks were arriving."
"Ms. Melonhead (Central Park) She’s just fixin’ her melon."
The Graduate (Columbia) To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world."
"The Dancer Stance (Midtown) Something about her was very arresting."
"Arm-In-Arm (Upper East Side) I love that there are cultures where a father and son can walk arm-in-arm without a hint of self-consciousness."

See many more here...

P.S. My Parents Were Awesome and Old Loves.

(Thanks to all the readers who recommended this!)

75 comments:

Kelsey Nicole said...

Oh my goodness - I love these!

a lovely being said...

every city should have one of these websites : )
I really love the photos of children! so very sweet.

x fallon

Lauren Ashley said...

Lovely - very moving.

Heather said...

These are beautiful! And you're right, the captions do make the pictures. How nice to witness such tenderness and humor, it brightened my day.

Alex Musetti said...

I love the last one, father and son arm in arm, it gives such a sense of tenderness and familiarity.
How can I see more photos by Stanton? The link appears to be broken...
Thanks for sharing!

Sarah Tucker said...

Beautiful. Every time I go to NY I take pictures of people thinking, "How interesting are they!?!" It is so awesome to show the versatility of the city's people.

--Sarah

Ethaney said...

this website has made me cry/tear up numerous times. i love how honest it is.

Diana Mieczan said...

What a sweet website and Boogie is awesome! Happy Tuesday. xoxo

jill + oakley said...

oh the graduate (columbia) brought me to tears--look at the expression on that father's face...and the little one's teeth and glasses.

so beautiful...thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for reminding me why I continue to live in NYC. Living in the city really tests you, but seeing little reminders of the human diversity--and kindness--that exist in a city of 8 million plus makes me love it again.

Robyn said...

love

Molly Roberson said...

love this project! there's an awesome video about it here: https://vimeo.com/45485454

The Meaning of Me said...

Great website! Thanks for sharing it.

Joanna Goddard said...

ooh, can't wait to see, molly. thank you!!

Alexa said...

this is fascinating! and how it captures new york. there is so much to love here.

thanks for sharing!

Sarah said...

Aw! I think my favs are the boy getting his head cradled and the guy holding his lady's skirt for her =)

- Sarah
agirlintransit.blogspot.com

Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet said...

Those photos are so lovely, especially the two of father and son. I will definitely be checking this website out!

Kristin K said...

Thanks so much for giving the gift of sharing this site - lovely! My favorite is the man with the puppet:)

Joanna said...

precious pictures!

Alina said...

I love this. Thanks for sharing! I've seen that violinist in Central Park!

diane said...

this is amazing and touching. i just spend the last hour looking at his facebook face.

NotesFromAbroad said...

Wonderful ! Especially since we are moving back to NY :)
besitos, C

samantha hahn said...

I cried over the Columbia graduate one.

The Framed Lady said...

So beautiful! I love the Dancer Stance. She is so gorgeous. And Chivalry! I died.

Tess
www.theframedlady.com

Anitra Sweet said...

Love these! Especially the fixing my melon one! My son had to have one for about 4 months! His twin sister was always sitting on his head in the womb!

Anonymous said...

hey parents, i have never seen a baby helmet before what are they for and how do they work?

Chelsea said...

These pictures exemplify why I love NY. The city is full of so many characters and personalities that give it it's pulse! Thank you for sharing!

Chelsea
www.hautechildinthecity.com

katilda said...

this website is my fav! i follow them on facebook and i love it when the pictures show up in my newsfeed.

CFunk said...

I went to high school with Brandon! He's a super nice guy... Just as you'd expect. So proud of the amazing work he does :)

Bethany said...

Ugh! My heart! These are beautiful.

Debs said...

Been following this fellow for a while. I now live in FL and miss NYC terribly. I get a little bit of NY every day.

It amazes me how HUMAN New Yorkers are...Brandon must have some stories to tell.

Boogie made me laugh right out loud.

Dusty Reykjavik said...

What a brilliant idea :) Absolutely love it !
Xx Á

Debs said...

Here's the link to his website: http://www.humansofnewyork.com/

Rachel said...

These are beautiful, especially the last one. I'm 31 and still hold my moms hand!

Melanie Molloy said...

touching images-great share!

Tara said...

This made my heart smile! SO lovely.

Kate Jones said...

These are fantastic!!! http://katejones.me

Amy Powell said...

so gorgeous!

bloggirl said...

Great find! I have always wanted to do a similar project in my city. Now I have even more motivation to do so!

Jessica Hsü said...

These photos are so sweet. I've thought about asking strangers if I could take their photo, but I always end up shying out. It's also interesting that we can share in the feelings of a moment without actually being the people directly involved.

Lost in Provence said...

This pretty much sums up why I think NYC is the greatest city on the planet and why I miss it so dearly...

Melissa Blake said...

Why can't Chicago have a site like this! It's great!!! :)

katrina said...

"I know you wanted my photo because you thought I was a grown ass man sitting around with a puppet."

made my day.

Grace Lee said...

the pictures were wonderful and the captions even more so ^^ thanks so much for sharing!!! This makes me want to take better pictures with meaning

Nethuki said...

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Nana said...

I love how these pictures show love, humor, and happiness. In our world where we only shout out the bad and terrible news, it is wonderful to come across this. I'm a new reader of the site for sure. Thanks!!

nethu neha said...

hey nice blog... follwed you.. hope you follow me also ;)

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Michelle said...

The Promoter... I die. Grown ass man sitting here with a puppet. I am going to chuckle about that all night.

Great find Jo.

Stephanie said...

So cute! Absolutely love

http://sartorialstateofmind.blogspot.com

Jill said...

Hey, just letting you know Brandon Stanton just posted about you! He has a 'blog crush!' I live both of your sites!!

Fashionista622 said...

Great images! It's my first time visiting your blog so HELLO! :)
I found it in a funny way. My photographer hubby who follows Humans of NY, read about this blog post. He then quickly said "You have to read her blog". So here I am and one and a half year later into blogging. Kudos to all you've done in 5 years. I will continue visiting & reading.

Best,
Maria

http://onestyleatatime.blogspot.com/

Mariely said...

Nice work!
Xo
www.stylegodblog.blogspot.com

Fencing Solutions said...

Beautiful pics i really liked it. Keeps up the good work going.
Electric Energizer

joyce said...

these are awesome! :)

Anonymous said...

Such beautiful pictures. I especially love the ones of the father and son.

x

Bridget said...

Beautiful, beautiful photos.
x

Diana said...

Boogie is the cutest!

Jessica Flett said...

What a fabulous site. Thank you for posting about it..I am engrossed!! So adorable. Jx

Lynn said...

OMG, total Kleenex moment on this one (old couple leaving building, I'll leave it at that):

http://www.humansofnewyork.com/2012/04/30/the-moment-west-village/

Little Treasures said...

Boogie is a killer :)
The last one touched my heart !

VictoriaV said...

Great find :) You have to check out his facebook page. He wrote about you :) Apparently you kind of stole his heart, too. Yay, internet :P

Sista Lukito said...

This is so definitely interesting! A total nice post!

Boardroom Belles said...

Fantastic. Really captures New York at its essence. How fascinating must it be to have a job where you can utilize your craft (photography) and connect with so many different aspects of humanity every day - best of all when the editorial choices are all your own. Le Sigh.

diana said...

HONY captures me almost every day. It's my city -- and although I am very far away from it, it feels so close when I see the images. It's a beautiful, good, heartfelt project.

Filiz said...

Ms. Melonhead made my day! Thanks for sharing such a fantastic website.


http://light-andsweet.blogspot.com/

Raquel said...

these are so beautiful.

Mad Max and Family said...

Hah! I love this!!

Thanks for sharing. I heart NYC.

-Tara
http://madmaxandfamily.blogspot.com
http://blog.chron.com/madabouttown/

Rachel Gaetz said...

Thank you for sharing these! I love how much personality and possibility is in each one.

http://glasshalffullness.blogspot.com/

Stephanie said...

oh wow! the last one got me...

liz said...

I truly look forward to your posts more than the over 100 blogs that I follow. You are such a great writer and above all interesting. There are always interesting things to read about on your blog. Love the site with the pictures. Ah-mazing. Thank you for having such a wonderfully diverse & insightful blog about life.

Veronika said...

The last one is just sooooo great and sweet and reminded me of my childhood and home. Thank you for sharing these!

Allie Miller said...

Speaking of interesting people--have you heard of the new documentary called craigslist joe? (http://www.craigslistjoe.com/). A California boy lives off craigslist for 30 days straight, travels the US, and never exchanges money. He meets the coolest people. I know you would LOVE it!! :)

xoxo.

leaving1302 said...

I love the humans pages too- such a fabulous insight into cities we have media based cliched ideas about.

Check out one from this side of the world :) https://www.facebook.com/humansofkhi

Premiter Fencing said...

I have really enjoyed the images those are flawless with expressions. Waiting for your next post to live.

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