Thursday, October 30, 2014

Taking The Focus On The People

Humans of New York: Before I return to New York portraits, I want to share some portraits and stories that I gathered on an unscheduled side trip that I took to Jerusalem. Because of the hastily arranged nature of the trip, I worked with some unorthodox interpreters, including an extremely bright sixteen year old Palestinian boy. He approached everyone quite confidently, until we got to this group, and suddenly he got fidgety and clammed up. “Um, I don’t know,” he said. “They, um, will probably say no, um, maybe we should ask someone else.” (Jerusalem)

Have you ever heard Humans of New York? It's a photography blog by New York-based photographer Brandon about New Yorkers. What makes it stands out from other photo blogs is not only that it captures the people's style, but also the people's stories as well as their fears, hopes and dreams. Brandon has been going on a world tour, photographing people worldwide as seen from the photo above. 

Similar blogs are taking the example too in Jakarta. At least there are three blogs and one Facebook page on Jakartans. Here they are:

See Jkt : Jakarta is a city bursting with stories, in which parts of them are told in this blogs curated by Aditya Suharmoko and Felix Dass. In Bahasa.

We Are Jakarta : Jane Spence, Kamal Merai and Daisy Santoso manage this blogs that asks Jakartans on specific themes during special moments, such as presidential election or Independence Day.

Humans in Jakarta : Founded by a local cosmetics company, Wardah, this blogs is run by American photographer Langston Hues and Lisa Namuri, a physical fitness instructor. Some posts are bilingual, Bahasa-English.

Humans of Jakarta (Facebook page) : Australian film teacher Talisa Salmon who is behind this Facebook page says she never has any problems getting Jakartans to open up.

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