Humans of Austin
Austin, Texas, one story at a time
Nov. 07, 2014
I’ve been inspired by the Facebook Page called “Humans of New York”. Basically, it’s a collection of photographs and quotes from people all over the city. The founder, Brandon, describes why he started the project:
"I started HONY because I thought it would be really cool to create an exhaustive catalogue 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".
It’s insightful, empowering and beautiful. Now, I’d like to give you “Humans of Austin”.
Check out the gallery below and read each of their stories (on the right). I will continue to add people as my journeys continue.
Humans of Austin
“There are so many more opportunities here than from where I came from. Things were much harder back home. My family still struggles to get by. I always think back to the day my father said to me 'son, you must get out of here (Sandusky, Ohio) or you will never leave. You will be stuck here [in the factory] like the rest us'. Ohioans are a proud people and...
"I was a teacher but I’d rather take my chances on the street, 9-5, then in a room with your kids. No child left behind really means the little bastards will stab you as soon as you turn around ."
Zeb & Theona
"Most people move from here to L.A. but I found Austin to be quaint and full of wonderful people. I met my love [Theo] on Tinder and could not believe he was from California too! Weird how life works. You travel hundreds of miles to find love and he was in your backyard the entire time". " We went to highschool together actually. I keep telling her that. I...
Shabaaz, The Crab Master
"Serehadadaak! Dak dak daaak. Dek Daaak dak kardun dak daak".
" Beauty has been called a curse but I’ve been lucky enough to find myself through dance and loving life. You’ve probably already heard of me on Instagram: FionaLivesLife. Can you add that in to this? Also @Fiona_liveslfe ".
“They said it would be tough owning a business, being a young entrepreneur, student and industry leader. But they hadn’t met me yet! I'm on my third company in two years. We do interior decorating for online event planners".
“Understanding and harmony can be found one note at a time through the music of life. I moved to Austin to live a simpler life and do Yoga at Barton Springs Pool every morning. I’m not worried about things going bad! I know they won’t. My father has money. I hate him".
"Can you help a brother out with some change? I just need to get something to eat, I got a job interview tomorrow. Oh, thank you, God Bless You"!
"I came for SXSW Interactive and stayed for life. I’m a marketing guru who’s traveled the world and helped dozens of fortune 500 companies succeed with my seminars".
"Proud to be a born and raised Austinite! Graduated from Westlake, played ball at UT and run three of my dad’s dealerships. Not really much else to say. Besides OOH MAU MAU - KAPPA KAPPA TAU!"
“Fashion is my LYFE photography is profession. Few can capture what I have on film let alone blog about. ALL THE BREAKFAST TACOS".
"Say say say say say. Hey! Hey! I know what your doing. I know what your doing. I Know you. I know who you are".
“Thanks to the Internet, this small town farm-gal is now a professional model in the big city of Austin! So many wonderful photographers willing to help me get my portfolio going for free! ”
"I’m sorry to bother ya brotha but I gotta get my kid to the airport and we ran out of gas. Could you spare a few dollars? Anything helps”.
“I’m what you’d call a sex addict so I guess you can say I’m addict to my work”.