Damn….I’m pretty exhausted as I write this but it’s a good thing. Tonight I got a chance to go to the book-signing for Brandon Stanton’s highly anticipated Humans of New York photography book.
Anyone who’s friends with me on Facebook knows that I’m a big fan of the blog and the photography, most especially for the stories behind the humans of my city and I’m always sharing the most touching stories on my personal page. The stories range from poignant to hilarious and it’s not uncommon for me to laugh out loud or get misty-eyed while reading them.
I pre-ordered the book a while back but when I found out today that Brandon would be signing copies at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square, I hustled down there to buy another copy for him to sign. When I got to the event, there was a HUGE line that wrapped around the store all the way to the entrance. I had never seen a turnout for something like that before in New York. Even though I had to wait a long time just to get my book signed, it was fascinating to see who came out. A lot of the people that were actually the more colorful subjects of Brandon’s book showed up to make their appearances and people were rushing over to them to get their autographs too.
When the time finally came for me to get my books signed, I had my little 10-sec speech all prepared in my head but it didn’t go as planned as the night was getting long and clearly Brandon was tired and had to hustle get books signed. He was gracious and friendly but he really had to move it along. All that aside I am now a proud owner of a beautiful collection of stories and photography. Going through the pages and reading of his journey from a bond trader to a well-known photographer is very inspiring.
So if you haven’t checked out the Humans of New York blog, go visit it. And if you haven’t gotten the book, go get a copy.
Off to bed.