One of the most interesting and inspiring photography projects I've seen lately, is the Humans of New York (HONY) project by Brandon Stanton. In this project the photographer stops random strangers on the street, sparks up a conversation, and the stranger then allows him to take their picture. Can you believe that? Approaching a complete stranger and making a true connection in a matter of minutes? To me, that's just incredible and makes me want to learn all that I can from Brandon's technique.
I stumbled across the following video on YouTube in which he outlines his basic approach. From trying to appear as non-threatening as possible, to his choice of words, and finally the reasoning behind the questions he asks. Take a look:
Brandon's story is also incredible. After finding himself unemployed, in Chicago, he moved to New York and began creating this photo blog. He began HONY in 2010 and has since photographed over 10,000 New Yorkers, and created a bestselling book featuring all of the portraits and interviews he's collected.
Many of stories behind each portrait are incredibly powerful, however, one in particular has created a large impact on the lives of a Brooklyn community. The story of a middle school student named Vidal Chastanet and his school principal Ms. Nadia Lopez of Mott Hall Bridges Academy in Brownsville, truly teaches us the power of a single photograph.