Humans of Vancouver was inspired by Brandon Stanton’s Humans Of New York.
There’s something great about stopping to talk about life with a stranger. And I've learned it’s easier than you might think.
The idea came to me after a friend introduced me to the Humans of New York blog some time ago. I was hooked. I love the sometimes surprisingly intimate glimpses into other people’s lives. When I’m feeling out of sorts I scroll through the photos and quotations Humans of New York’s creator Brandon Stanton has amassed and feel a little more connected, appreciative of others’ situations and mine.
That same feeling of connectedness is the goal of our Vancouver version. Sometimes it feels good to be reminded that you’re not alone, that your individual story resonates with neighbours and strangers alike.
I’ve chosen subjects randomly, on a whim. Only one person of those I’ve stopped and talked to this summer has refused to be photographed. People don’t appear to mind a little attention and sharing where they’re at or where they’ve been.
Humans of Vancouver runs in the Courier every Friday in the print version and online. I’ll see you on the street.