Humans of Orangeville
“It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter”
– Alfred Eisenstaedt
I’ve always appreciated a good story. I like to read a good story. I like to listen to a good story. I like to create a good story. I love the interplay between the telling and the listening, the reaction and the response. I relish the back and forth, the ping and the pong, the exchange of ideas and emotions. Stories entertain, inform, and evoke emotion. Stories are magical. Stories are Super Glue.
Here is a story for you:
In 2010, a young man named Brandon lost his job and moved to New York City and decided to spend some time taking portraits of strangers in the streets. His initial goal was to photograph and catalogue the photos and plot them onto a map.
His project gradually detoured in an unexpected direction. He began to spend time with the people he chose to photograph. He asked them questions and posted their answers along with their photos. He discovered that these strangers were willing to share their personal stories, advice, fears, and concerns. Brandon’s HONY blog grew in popularity and now millions of people worldwide enjoy Humans of New York.
I’m intrigued by Brandon’s photos – but more so, by the captions, quotes and stories that accompany them. The residents of New York enjoy telling jokes and funny stories, but they are also willing to share their honest and raw emotions. Their simple tales unite us and give us a sense of community – and not just local community – we become poignantly aware of the bond between all humankind.
The global impact of the photos and stories is evident in the comments section found below each picture. Folks from all over the world want to offer encouragement, advice, condolences, and congratulations. After all, a community is made up of individual members co-existing on this planet we call Earth. We are all muddling through this thing called Life, for better or for worse.
Humans of New York inspired me to create a local spin-off blog. I love to take photos, I enjoy talking to people, and I’m a writer. I live on the outskirts of Orangeville, in the hills of Hockley. Orangeville is a growing community brimming with vibrant and interesting people. This town is my go-to place for all my wants and needs. And so –all together, these perfect ingredients have created the recipe for Humans of Orangeville (HOO).
My goal is to have fun, meet some fascinating people, and create a cohesive, interactive platform for the visitors and residents of Orangeville (and beyond) to connect in a meaningful way. I hope you will join me on this new journey.