Brandon Stanton, Fotograf von Humans of New York:
„I lost my job and I made the decision to become a photographer. Not because I was very skilled at it at the time, not because I thought it was an angle towards success, not because I thought it was an angle towards an audience; [I] just loved doing it in the moment – it was nourishing in the moment.“
„So, I found this thing that was nourishing in the moment, that I enjoyed doing and I said, I was going to try to structure my life around creating as much time for [photography] as possible. I wanna make just enough money to where I can pay my rent, eat, and photograph all day long.“
„It was 2008 […] and I got $620, I think, every two weeks from the government because I was unemployed and I had worked for two years. That was enough [money] to pay a sublease [apartement] that I found on Craigslist […] and maybe have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and eggs. […] I didn’t spend money on anything [else]. All I did was photograph all day long.“
Ein oft gehörter Ratschlag lautet: Folge deiner Leidenschaft! Das kann man versuchen, aber ich denke, Brandon Stanton ist ein gutes Beispiel dafür, dass jeder, der seine Leidenschaft zum Beruf machen will, ehrlich mit sich selbst sein und sich fragen sollte: Worauf bin ich bereit zu verzichten? Denn ohne Verzicht, ohne Opferbereitschaft geht es nicht.
- Stanton, Brandon: „Brandon Stanton – The Story of Humans of New York and 25M+ Fans“. URL: https://tim.blog/2018/06/18/brandon-stanton-humans-of-new-york/