Image source: Flickr / Niyantha Shekar

Today, more than 10 million people around the world have hit the Like button for the fan page “Humans of New York” (a.k.a HONY) and this number keeps growing exponentially each month. This blog and fan page, which started in summer 2010, has turned into a New York Times Bestseller book and has launched Brandon Stanton to fame.

Brandon was a bond trader in Chicago in 2010 with a newly found hobby for photography when he got laid off from his finance job. Before that, he says he had concentrated the last years of his life into making money and after losing his job he just wanted to take some time off and explore his new passion for photography.

“Every time I decided that I wanted to do something I just do it”

For Brandon, obsession is a positive attribute. He claims that the early success of his blog was based on his passion for photography. What only started as a project of 10,000 photographs around New York City, has now taken Stanton on World Tour with the UN where for 2 months in this year photographed people in Israel, Mexico, Ukraine and other countries in conflict.

In one interview, Brandon remembers how before even starting this project his mom and friends weren’t completely thrilled with this new adventure. However, against all odds, Stanton showed how fearlessness, dedication and passion can take you places you didn’t even dream of.

“God dang it, just work. Just work. Don’t wait. Everybody is waiting to have the perfect idea to start working, you know? Even if you have an inkling of what you want to do, start moving towards it.”

According to this photographer, the process will take you where you need to be. It is all about a leap of faith and working towards what you want to do without holding any barrels. His blog is now fuelled by devotion and it is truly a statement on itself, showing that your accomplishments can be so much bigger than you can ever imagine them to be.

30 Under 30: Meet Brandon Stanton, the Photographer Behind Humans of New York by Callie Schweitzer (2014)