Social media, especially Facebook and other blog sites are now bombarded with pages featuring the pictures of random people on the streets with snippets and quotes from them. Where did this idea really start?
“Humans of New York “ was an idea started by photographer Brandon Stanton in the summer of 2010. He thought of creating an exhaustive catalogue of New York City’s inhabitants and set out to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers and plot their photos on a map. He worked on this goal for a few months when his project began to take on a much different character. He started collecting quotes and short stories from the conversations he had from the people he photographed, and began including these snippets alongside their photos. These portraits and captions then became the subject of his blog. With now over 8 million followers on social media, HONY (as everyone preferred abbreviating the project) now provides a worldwide audience a daily glimpse into the lives of supposedly ordinary New York strangers with fascinating and extraordinary stories to tell. It has also now become a #1 New York Times bestselling book.
Hundreds of other blogs and Facebook pages have been inspired by Stanton’s brainchild and has adapted the idea to feature people in their own areas, including some places and institutions here in the Philippines. Cebu began to have its own with “People of Cebu”, the University of Sto. Tomas has “Humans of UST”, and Iligan’s very own MSU-IIT with “Humans of IIT”, which features the extraordinary and unique stories of the lives of ordinary citizens and students.
More than going with the flow or “sa pagsabay sa uso”, ICI, through PING, now adapts this idea to have a better view, to be inspired, or just merely to be entertained by how surprising and diverse the people that compose this Institution through the stories they tell.