Recently, I discovered an amazing new blog: Humans of New York. This man named Brandon started this blog as a photography project to create a “visual census” of New York City. Everyday, he walks for a few miles in a section of New York, finds people who catch his eye, and asks to take a picture of them. In an interview, he said he wants to make it global – station people in all the major cities of the world and link all their pictures up to one blog. One big scrapbook of the world.
I seriously admire him. I think it would be so hard to go up to strangers all day long and ask to take a picture. Though, interestingly, I read on his website that most people actually don’t mind and are flattered. I’m not sure what I would say if someone random on the street asked me that.
What I love about the blog is how it captures the beauty of human beings. His pictures are like little glimpses into the soul. Most of the people on his blog are, well, different. Eccentric. Weird. Some people might even say wrong. There are “normal” people too, but a lot of them? Not so much. In fact, I hate to admit it, but if I saw most of the photo subjects in real life, I would not think, “Oh wow, I want their picture!” I would probably just judge them.
Reading this blog makes me see the beauty in human beings. Even if I don’t agree with them, God made them and loves them. It gives me a new perspective on how I look at people. Everyone craves love, joy, peace. Everyone has a story. Everyone has a past. Everyone sins. But God loves them through it all. And I should too.
You should take a look.
Warning: some of the people he takes pictures of cuss. some of their bad words end up in quotes below their pictures. just wanted to give a fair warning.