How different can the personal stories be of someone with a New York state of mind, and another with a dash of criollo culture?
This month, Brandon Stanton will travel between Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Peru to listen to stories of triumph, love, and despair, and photograph the storytellers. He is, after all, the creator of Humans of New York (HONY), a blog that turned into an internet sensation (and eventually a book) for its simple yet revealing portraits full of characters living in the Big Apple.
According to a January 2017 interview with CondéNast Traveler, Stanton was looking for interpreters to accompany him in each of the Spanish speaking countries. While the blogger noted fluent English speaking skills were required, it wasn’t all he was looking for.
“You have to like people and feel comfortable talking to strangers,” says Stanton, whose online project now counts with 18 million followers. “You have to have a lot of energy and be a hard worker because we’re not going to stop.”
Two strangers give purpose to each other’s lives in Argentina (Photo: Humans of New York Facebook)
Just today, El Comercio published a feature on Stanton in which they describe him searching for portrait subjects near Barranco’s romantic and active Bajada de Baños. When he spots a couple he’d like to photograph, he manages to hear their story and capture various photo ops within 15 minutes.
While the Facebook page of HONY is currently publishing photos of Argentina, within 30 days the images form Lima should appear.
A mix of street photography with public diary entries, the idea of HONY has already traveled with Stanton to diverse countries such as Mexico, Pakistan, Uganda, Vietnam, and many others.
Stanton was once considered by Time magazine to be one of the 30 most influential people under 30 years of age, as many can’t resist his heartwarming, tear-inducing, shocking and always human posts.