Many people have probably heard of Brandon Stanton and his popular blog and now best selling book “Humans of New York”. But I just happen to find out about it and really enjoy the photos and stories behind it.
According to Brandon’s interview with the NY Times, all the success didn’t happen overnight. After several months, he began moving in a different direction, interviewing his subjects and asking them about their lives, their struggles, their disappointments and their hopes.
Most people brushed him off. “It was very emotionally draining at first,” Mr. Stanton said. “I’d be really disappointed when people would say no.”
“Sometimes I start laughing for no reason, then I can’t stop.” I do like her cheerful knit hat.
“Seen in Washington Square Park”. Photos of little people (and cute knit hats) are always a joy in the crowd of NYC.
This is one of my favorite advice given to Brandon at a NYC park bench.
The couple: “It is important to maintain your equanimity. You cannot let yourself get too ‘up’ or too ‘down’ based on your circumstances.”
Brandon: “Too ‘down’ I understand. But why not too ‘up?’”
The couple: “Because the higher your mountains are, the deeper your valleys will seem. You should not react to the world. You should respond, but not react. A response is an action based on logic. A reaction is an emotional state. Your reaction will not change the world. Your reaction only changes you. Your response will change the world.”
I’ve always believe that we all have a story, full of personal struggles and victories, whether they are big or small… and that is what makes us human.
All photos taken by Brandon Stanton, HONY.