Read: Moving South African sto

Read: Moving South African stories shared on ‘Humans of New York’

The founder of ‘Humans of New York’, Brandon Stanton is in Johannesburg and is sharing local stories with the world. 

Read: Moving South African sto

A photo blog called ‘Humans of New York’ is in South Africa and are sharing local stories to its millions of social media users.

The founder of ‘Humans of New York’, Brandon Stanton is in Johannesburg and is sharing local stories with the world. The photo blog has over 18 million followers on Facebook and 8,3 million on Instagram. It started out in 2010 as a blog to document New Yorkers and their stories.

“The initial goal was to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers on the street, and create an exhaustive catalogue of the city’s inhabitants,” Brandon says on Humans of New York’s official website.

“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.”

Since then, Brandon has traveled to South Asia, Nigeria, Rwanda among other places to document the lives of people all over the world.

One of the first South African stories Brandon recently shared on Instagram and Facebook includes the tale of a man originally from Sudan who is always happy:

Brandon also interviewed a single mother from Joburg who adores her ‘little’ family. She said:

“But God has given us favor as well. We can afford to share an ice cream. We have shelter. We have food. And after four months of no work, I just found a new management position. So we’ve come a long way.”

A man originally from Mozambique also shared his story and what he feels like as a foreigner in South Africa. He said:

“South Africa is a good place to work, but they don’t like us being here so much.”

Another story comes from a woman who had an abortion. She said:

“After a lifetime of accomplishing my goals, everything stopped working. And I just hadn’t prepared myself for the emotional trauma of the abortion. I convinced myself that I’d made the wrong decision. I’d spent my whole life planning to be this amazing mother, but when it finally happened, I couldn’t show up for it.”

Another story comes from a man who spent a few years in prison and managed to turn his life around afterward thanks to a social worker called Ms. Palesa:

“We stole three cars that night. Everyone got away but me. When I saw the police lights in my rearview mirror, I started crying immediately. I knew my life was over. I spent a few years in prison. That’s where I met a social worker named Ms. Palesa.”