First up- Humans of New York. I don't know if you've heard of this blog or seen the Facebook page- I may be way behind on this- but the project is incredible. I first caught a post going through my FB feed and liked the page so I can keep up with the new postings.
From the site's about page:
"My name is Brandon and I began Humans of New York in the summer of 2010. HONY resulted from an idea that I had to construct a photographic census of New York City. I thought it would be really cool to create an exhaustive catalogue of the city’s inhabitants, so I set out to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers and plot their photos on a map. I worked for several months with this goal in mind. But somewhere along the way, HONY began to take on a much different character. I started collecting quotes and short stories from the people I met, and began including these snippets alongside the photographs. Taken together, these portraits and captions became the subject of a vibrant blog, which over the past two years has gained a large daily following. With nearly one million collective followers on Facebook and Tumblr, HONY now provides a worldwide audience with glimpses into the lives of strangers in New York City."
So this guy and his team roam the city taking photos of interesting folks, and interview them, and then post a snippet to the site. The raw human spirit that comes out is just amazing and you really feel for all the people you see. Recent posts:
"What are their superpowers?"
"This one can talk any enemy to death. And this one can knock her sister over."
"The first cowboys were black.
‘Cowboy’ was a derogatory term used to describe slaves that tended to the cows and horses."
Honestly, you can just sit there and scroll through all the images and just get completely sucked in. New York City is such a wide and varied place with so many people crammed in to such a small area, so to get to see all these individuals is really fun. I hope you'll check it out.