One of the joys of living in New York was the people watching. Maybe you try to be subtle about it, but, if you’re not looking at the masses of people you pass every day — wondering about where they’re from, what their lives are like, about the relationships between them, and what they value — you’re missing out.
This sensibility is brought to life in a great blog (and Facebook page) I discovered in the last few months — Humans of New York (HONY). Thanks to photographer Brandon Stanton, every day, and sometimes more than once a day, I am treated with photos of ordinary, and not so ordinary, people encountered on the streets of New York City. I especially love the photos of the youngest and the oldest New Yorkers.
Often the best part is the caption, which features a quote from the person or people pictured and gives some insight into their internal life. It almost makes me feel like I never left.