As part of February Arts Month, Walker alumnus Brandon Stanton ('02) visited with students of all ages on Tuesday to share his photos and talk about his wildly popular blog, Humans of New York.
Brandon visited with our Kindergarten students and showed them photos depicting what it was like to live in a big city like New York. Students were amazed to learn that kids just like them in New York had to be so careful crossing the street and riding the subway to get to class! The class also showed Brandon their interpretations of his photos and presented him with a book of their own photography.
During his talk with the Middle and Upper Schoolers, Brandon emphasized the power that social media can have when it comes to attracting attention to a person's art or craft, but to be cautious about using social media solely for self-promotion; the art should be the focus. He urged students to be selective about who you hang out with, telling them to choose people who are energetic, excited about life, and passionate about what they do. Brandon also stressed the importance of valuing energy over intelligence, saying that book-smarts will be useless if you do not truly love what you do.
Brandon has taken over 5,000 portraits, and more than half a million people view his photos each day. Visit Humans of New York to read the stories behind the photos.