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Book Check-in: Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton

Updated: Feb 27


This isn't self-help, nor is it fiction, or personal essays, it's actually a photography book but it’s such a beautiful snapshot collection of us humans. The author/photographer set out to create a photographic ‘census’ of New York City in the Summer of 2010. He took photos of his subjects on the streets and asked some of them for their story. And this became Humans of New York (HONY).

The result is this beautiful book of humans experiencing life and all the trials and tribulations that come with it in their own wild style. The pages are filled with pizazz as well calm. The snippets of stories shared are heartfelt in their honesty. They move from sad to warm, from humorous and different, from wide open to closed off.

I recommend this book for when you’re feeling a bit disconnected from other humans. It’s a slice of life, yes, a specific city life, but it’s vibrant and full of hope. It's a reminder we're all carrying our own stories inside us, and that's what makes us so unique. We don't need to be anyone else but ourselves. And we can follow the example of these people in the pages of 'Humans of New York' and express ourselves and our interests and styles in our own way. If you’re not sure about what it is that you want to be - hit me to talk about it! I’ll help you find your way.

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