”Are you an artist?”
The power of social media and the role it now plays in connecting the world really fascinates me. I love how we are able to see moments and experiences around the world with people we have never and probably will never meet.
I recently stumbled across @humansofny on Instagram and it opened my eyes and touched my heart one city dweller at a time. As the bio describes @humasofny is ‘New York City, one story at a time.’ This wonderful insight into the people of New York allows you to see a snippet of their life, their story and more often than not the experiences that have made them who they are today. And not forgetting the spirit of the city.
I love the accompanying captions just as much as I love the concept, lifting the lid on a city known for its vibrant and interesting people. It reminds me of a not-so-secret Post Secret and due to its popularity @humansofny has nearly a million fans on it’s blog, 253k Instagram followers and now a book showcasing a collection of the images since the start of the ‘photogenic census’ in 2010. Pretty cool hey!
Here are some of my favourites.
”What are you supposed to be?”
I was leaving a diner on the west side when I noticed this woman crouched alongside the cash register, clutching some sort of electronic reindeer toy.
”Why are you hiding?” I asked.
”I’ve been coming here 27 years.” she said.
”The manager doesn’t like my singing animals. So I like to haunt him!”
”Sometimes, when I’m going home to see her, I think: Nobody should be this happy on a Tuesday.”
”Don’t tell me what to do, and I won’t tell you what to do. That’s my motto. I have a lot of feelings about the decisions of my family members, but I don’t ever offer my opinions unless I’m asked. And that’s why I’m still invited to parties.”
”I grew up in foster care. My family was given money to spend on me, but they spent it all on themselves. I first got in to fashion because I had to learn to make all my own clothes.”
”I can beat him up.”