Through documenting Humans of New York (HONY), Brandon Stranton has created a blog showcasing the people in Gotham and the stories that have shaped their lives. While his work started as a simple photographic essay of colorfully dressed people he found on the street, it eventually morph into an intimate digest of accounts shared by the people he was photographing. Over time Brandon began to extract and broadcast their stories of deeper feelings and instances of transition mixed with candid humor. Eventually these stories shaped an online community of 13+ million followers which continues to share their collective thoughts and emotions regarding the subjects and their matter.
Today Brandon and I sit down to talk about the world we live in: a place where, once warmed up, people are more comfortable to talk about personal matters with a stranger than they are with their loved ones. Today's show discusses:
Creating HONY through good stories
The effects of interviewing 10,000 people
Working to find the individual story of each person through presence
The Key to life is…
Keeping it grounded beyond your worldview
Is Brandon a Reptilian Overlord?
Working beyond definition
Being a New Yorker with a larger-than-life project
Approaching strangers and cutting through
Broadcasting to strangers vs connecting with the people closest to us
Changing with friends
Sincere connection with each other
Manifesting your dreams for control and freedom
Living in the work is the reward
Let go of monetary concerns to get power in your life
The worlds dumbest question
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