My HONY book arrived on Friday.
Let’s see, I usually go out for dinner on Fridays but this Friday was different. It changed when I saw the package waiting for me when I got home at night. Almost glowing. I couldn’t believe it was the book already, I had the idea it would be arriving by the end of this month, but it came after just a couple of days after placing the order.
So, as I was saying, my Friday wasn’t a usual one. It changed the minute my mom asked what the book was about. I just said “it’s a beautiful story”, to what she replied “let’s hear that”.
What better way to describe what HONY’s all about than reading the introduction in the book, right? So we went upstairs to my parent’s bedroom. They both sat on their bed as I took over the couch. Then, I carefully opened it, it was magical. The first thing I read was the dedication:
"To the city of New York.
I had this crazy, juvenile idea
that you were going to make all my
dreams come true. And you did.”
Quivering voice made its first of many appearances on my reading. I continued translating as I read…
I cannot put into words what an amazing story is behind this book, it’s just mind-blowing. It’s beautiful. Maybe some of you knew its background already but I didn’t. HONY is a project that has evolved over time, and it speaks to me in many levels. It tells the stories of the people in NY, literally. And also, I must say the selection of photographs is flawless, a great collection indeed.
I just love how an idea can become a real product, the same feeling you get when you actually get to print one of your photos. But a million times better. A book.
Hope you’re having a great day. Go out there and inspire those around you.
I was gonna share this on my personal blog (yes, I have one of those too), but I think it’s photoblog material, right?
I started following HONY some time ago and I liked it, yes, but didn’t love it. I even thought some of the shots were not exactly well executed (still think that every now and then). Then, the magic began as I finally understood it wasn’t all about the pictures. Let me rephrase that, it’s not about the pictures AT ALL! It’s the stories behind, the stories these people share with Brandon that make it real, that make it absolutely worth it.
One cannot help but engage with these posts, they’re magical, they make you go “Awww” and make you cry too. Well, that happens to me, maybe I’m too emotional but, hey, that’s me. HONY makes you feel as if you were walking the streets, meeting these people, talking to them, even comforting some of those folks. This, my friends, is why photography is relevant, we cannot forget it is evoking emotions that’s important.
This book is making me feel alive already, I can’t wait to get it. Thanks, Brandon.
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