“Humans Of New York,” a collection of street-style photos and interviews gathered throughout the city, is one of my favorite blogs in the world. I love how refreshingly honest and vulnerable it is in capturing people’s stories. Apparently, I’m not the only one — Vogue invited HONY creator Brandon Stanton to cover the Met Gala. Stanton usually photographs everyday people, so at the Met, he treated his celebrity subjects just like any other New Yorker he’d stop on the street. His street-style photos of the event are presented the same way his everyday photos are : captioned by a simple quotation without the subject’s name.
“I’m a believer in the ordinary person, that the ordinary person is just as important and has an equally unique perspective on the world as someone who is famous or perhaps more privileged. My goal was to keep my interviews the same as they’d be on the street…[I] was just hoping to walk away with a few humanizing photos that didn’t come off as glorification of celebrity culture,” Stanton told Mashable.
You can see Stanton’s full Vogue coverage here, but these are a few of the most delightful interview responses he received:
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend: “He broke up with me once. For a day.”
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka: “One time we were driving through Italy, and we were listening to a radio station that played nothing but melodramatic Italian love songs. So we started inventing translations. The stories we made up kept getting more and more ridiculous, until soon we were both in tears.”
Bryan Cranston and his wife, Robin Dearden: “What’s your favorite thing about her?” “She still gets giddy when she sees a firefly.”
Oh Bryan. So sweet.
[Image via Brandon Stanton/HONY]