ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A collaborative project is combining photography and social media for a reflective look at St. Louis. It is called, “Humans of St. Louis.”
They were inspired by the “Humans of New York” according to the group’s Facebook’s page. That page describes the project, “Hey there. My name is Brandon and I began Humans of New York in the summer of 2010, shortly after leaving my job in Finance. (OK, I actually got fired.) I started HONY because I thought it would be really cool to create an exhaustive catalog of New York City’s inhabitants, so I set out to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers and plot their photos on a map. Somewhere along the way, I began to interview my subjects in addition to photographing them. And alongside their portraits, I’d include quotes and short stories from their lives.
Taken together, these portraits and captions became the subject of a vibrant blog. HONY now has over six million followers on social media, and provides a worldwide audience with daily glimpses into the lives of strangers on the streets of New York City.”
“We’re from Mississippi and St. Louis, we go back and forth between the two… in Mississippi, you’d be going down the road: ‘hey, you need a lift?’ Everyone helps everybody. They’re not about trying to get on top of the next person and beat you down. They help. That’s what I like about the south. St. Louis, cost of living is high. It is competition up here. Kill or be killed. It shouldn’t be like that.”
"A drone is a metaphor for the reality that you can never expect what’s going to happen and how progression is going to take flight. In the 1920s, when we installed the concept of classic Hollywood and Hitchcock brought the first fast frame, we never could even contemplate the concept of shooting stars in the Milky Way. Now we have lenses to pick up more than the human eye can.”
“Where are you on your way to?” “To the homeless shelter. I want to say I’ve been there two months. Hopefully, this summer I’ll be able to get a job and move out on my own. If I step outside my comfort zone, then I’ll be able to challenge myself and do things I’d never thought I’d be able to do. My options are wide open.”
“I taught myself. My grandpa was playing guitar and after he died, my grandma gave me a guitar and said, ‘why don’t you start playing?’ and I didn’t have money for lessons so I listened to how people played, tried to play as much as I could and then I started going on YouTube and looking up lessons on there.” “What was the hardest part about teaching yourself?” “Consistency. At first, I wasn’t too dedicated to it until I started getting compliments on it and that motivated me to get better at it.”
"What grows really well here?” “A lot of things! Greens grow really well here. I’ve had good luck with some grains, like oats. I’m trying to go mostly to fruits eventually but the trees take a while. I’ve planted a lot of babies this year. I’ve also got some I’m already getting stuff from. Some grapes, apples, pears. I might get some plums this year.” “Do you have any problem with nibblers?” “There’s a lot of wildlife. There's a lot of rabbits. Hawks. I saw a wild turkey last year, which I thought was pretty crazy. I was like, really? On Delmar?!"
“What’s a hard time that you remember?” “Not having anything. Being poor. Being poor and having nothing, but surviving through it. Losing old timers in the family that you don’t get to spend enough time with or learn from.” “What got you through that?” “Other family teaching me that when someone passes away it’s a blessing because they’re home. They got every reason to be happy and you should be happy that’s where they’re at.”
"What advice do you have for a large group of people?” Mike (on the left): “When you find love, treat it right.” “What about you?” Ike (on the right): “I’m going to be honest with you. I had a tattoo that said, ‘f– those hoes.’ I had it covered up though because I got a daughter.” "What did you have it covered up with?” Mike: “Tape."