Haven’t done this before. But I think this is the perfect one to start on.
We are all inspired by someone. I’m not talking about ‘oh my mom inspires me to keep going every day because she loves me no matter what’ kinda shit. Although my mom is pretty incredible. I mean more creatively. If we are a musician, we draw inspiration from past songs. If we’re a director, we watch old movies. Now if you blatantly rip it off… well then you’re just being a douche bag. It’d be like playing the opening riff to Johnny B. Goode moments after announcing to the crowd that this is a new tune you just wrote last night (that’s kind of a half Back To The Future reference… but only half).
Brandon is really rad. Dude’s got a crazy back story. Part of it includes picking up everything and moving to NYC in 2010… much to his mother’s chagrin (although I’m sure she’s an incredible woman). There he set out to document the lives of thousands of New Yorkers. Photographing them in their daily life. As time moved on, B included little captions from each person he photographed; the answer to a question, a story, an observation. Anything, really. And it brought these photographs to life. Brandon aptly called this adventure Humans of New York. If I could make only one referral all year, it would be that you check it out.
I just got back from five days in NYC. The first couple were work, but the last three were for me. I decided to try and get lost in New York. Not the streets, trust me the way they’re named makes it almost impossible to not know where you are. I wanted to get lost in the culture. The buzz. The life form that is New York. I decided to chat with anyone who wanted company, and stay only as long as the conversation lasted. I met some incredible people. My five days in NYC will go down as one of my favourite trips of all time.
This collection of people and stories are in honour (yes, honour… I’m Canadian) of Brandon and all the rad shit he’s done with HONY. Everyone has a story. You just gotta be willing to listen.