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Humans of NY

”Are you an artist?”

”Divorce Lawyer.”

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.


Humans of NY 2

”What are you supposed to be?”

”I’m dangerous.”

Humans of NY 3

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!”

Humans of NY 4

”Sometimes, when I’m going home to see her, I think: Nobody should be this happy on a Tuesday.”

Humans of NY 5

”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.”

Humans of NY 6

”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.”

Humans of NY 7

”I can beat him up.”

Humans of NY 8 ”I made it myself”‘

Twitter: @humansofny

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