Humans of San Diego

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I take street portraits of San Diegans and post their photos on Thursdays.  These are the photos for this week.

Collecting the images has become very interesting and rewarding for me.  Through the lens of my camera, I’m starting to realize just how special, beautiful, and unique each of one us is.

The idea stemmed from Brandon Stanton’s blog, Humans of New York.  Brandon shoots photos of people on the streets of New York every day.  Interestingly, I just read  that not only does Brandon collect photos from the people he meets, but he tries to elicit a story or quote from each person, as well.  I enjoy snapping the photos, but it hadn’t occurred to me to strike up a conversation.  Hmmm….

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Ocean Beach

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Ocean Beach

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As seen in PB

“A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” -Albert Einstein

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4 thoughts on “Humans of San Diego

  1. You have just reminded me of how often do we catch ourselves throughout the day and find ourselves singly focused on the scenery, path we are walking, work we are doing, or issues on which we are thinking, but seldom take a few moments to really see the people around us. I am old enough to remember days when it was a common courtesy to wave hello to a driver in another car or truck on a two lane highway. Certainly when walking on the sidewalk one would look eye to eye and nod, tip a hat, smile and offer a greeting of hello, good day, good morning, etc. Or, to even remember when taking a drink and offering up a cheer that it is proper and polite to look at the person in the eye to let them know that the salutation is meant for them and not just to be flailed into the air. Today we seem to be too involved in our mobile devices, or fearful of others, or lacking in the ability to confidently offer a bit of humanity or simple to have manners. We as a society have simply disconnected our energies from one another. What you have done in asking to take a photo is to offer an awareness of a person and capture their unique individual qualities and bring back that connection as you post them for us, your audience. I have always believed that there is nothing more fascinating in the world than people. Studies have been done for centuries and the human stories will never be fully told. Thank you for bringing back to my mind at least to again be human enough to connect to others around me to offer a look, smile or greeting.

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