1.en.02 Humans of New York (HONY): a mosaic of portraits and stories

In 2010, Brandon Stanton  set out to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers. Seven years later, his photoblog is followed by more than 7 million people on social media. It has become so very popular among New Yorkers that now everyone in the city knows what the acronym hony stands for. Sometimes Brandon accompanies his pics with a  caption, a quote or even a story.

Let’s look at one of his photos:

Now let’s watch a short videos with some of his best photos: https://www.youtube.com/embed/pw4HyVS9Wy0?version=3&rel=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&fs=1&hl=en&autohide=2&wmode=transparent

1) In pairs, choose one of the portraits in the video. Add it to the Powerpoint Our HONY (just click on the image below). In your notebook write a description of the portrait you have chosen, include your first impressions, your ideas about what this person’s life is like (job, family, hobbies, …)

Attention: Portraits can not be repeated. Be ready to present your pic to the class.


I) Visit  Brandon’s site.  Look for stories of people he has photographed. Note down the information in your notebook and get ready to share the story with your classmates.

2) Listen to Brandon himself talk about his project . Watch this video. Write a short description of Brandon. What impressed you most about him? Think of 5 questions would you like to ask him? Write them in your notebook.(listening and writing)https://player.vimeo.com/video/45485454

3) Now let’s read about Stella



3) The portrait from hony I have chosen to illustrate this post is from Stella. It was taken on 19th October 2012. It generated thousands of notes.  Click on the pic to learn more about her. Read Stella’s story. Write down the words you had to look up in the dictionary. Choose a note you sympathised with. Be ready to share it with your classmates. Do you think Stella’s experiences are common among teenagers? Do you believe hony helped her? Why?  You could also visit her blog?  Practise retelling Stella’s story aloud.

Your project

You are going to follow on Brandon’s steps and will try to capture what a Majorca dweller or visitor is like. So, we are going to create our Humans of Majorca project

You have to:

a) Take pics of people in the streets: locals, foreign residents, tourists, visitors …

b) Find out about these people’s lives

c) Write down a short text about these people

d) Include your pics in our shared HOM presentation

e) Be ready to write about your findings!!


Watch the video below to learn how Brandon approaches people in the street for his project:https://www.youtube.com/embed/KPxzlGPrM3A?version=3&rel=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&fs=1&hl=en&autohide=2&wmode=transparent

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s