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Humans of New York. Friday February 7, 2014

I treasure sharing a fleeting moment with a stranger. A giggle on the train, a warm smile, asking someone a question, offering a compliment or a simple exchange of words. I bow as leave a person or salute them. I'm definitely an introvert but find human interaction and contact, with fellow citizens of the planet, an absolute pleasure. Rarely do I feel close to any one person but seem to prefer a general friendliness with everyone.

It's probably for all of the above reasons that I love the blog, Humans of New York (you can follow it on instagram too). HONY is a photographer who goes out each day amidst the hubbub of New York and takes photographs of the people in the Big Apple. What pulls you in though, is the comments made by these people in response to a question the photographer, Brandon, has thrown at them. Many of the comments are so poignant. A pithy statement that can really pack a punch.

I think it's actually the sadness that I'm drawn to. It makes me feel less desolate in my own heart, just like my own wee encounters with strangers. The blog shows old folk to be anything but invisible, young people to be wise, grieving or depressed souls to be beautiful and the frail, strong.

Ah human contact. It's the stuff that makes us feel Hope. Every city ought to have a Brandon. Or maybe, it already does?

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Mary Fri, Feb 7th 2014 @ 9:05am

Thank you for introducing me to this blog. I have signed up and look forward to receiving these warm and touching posts.

G Fri, Feb 7th 2014 @ 10:12am

Thank you for introducing HNY, it is very touching.

Fatima Fri, Feb 7th 2014 @ 10:32am

I am so glad you mentioned this, I am a massive fan of the website and I'm glad more people now get to know about it! I have just contacted Brandon asking if he had any plans to make a 'Humans of London' any time soon, if not, you have given me the inspiration to start it. Thank you Suzy, best start of my day.

Anonymous Fri, Feb 7th 2014 @ 2:45pm

Very lovely

Anonymous Fri, Feb 7th 2014 @ 4:07pm

I stumbled across Humans of New York on (I think) Facebook, purely by chance, a few weeks ago. I lost myself in it for a good couple of hours. Really interesting to see the insights of - and in many cases be touched by - ordinary, real people in these times when so many are obsessed with celebrity and the distance and fakery that goes along with it.

David Jarvis Fri, Feb 7th 2014 @ 11:07pm

Thanks for introducing me to this blog :-)
It's really fascinating to look and read through.

Anonymous Tue, Feb 25th 2014 @ 5:26pm

wow, thanks so much for connecting me with hony, we are all connected arent we. x

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