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Humans of Kristiansand

Inspired by a man from New York City

Historiene bak folk i Kristiansand.
Pictures and little stories from everyday people in Kristiansand. (Inspired by Humans of New York).

Humans of Kristiansand is all about the REAL people of Kristiansand. The people you will see have not prepared for this, so what you see is what you get. Isn’t that always the best anyway?

The project is inspired by Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York. In 2010 he started to take pictures of people (random people) on the streets of New York. I came across his work via a friend on Facebook and instantly joined his group wanting to know and learn more. In the beginning he just took pictures but then began to get some great stories from the people he met, so he included those stories in his work.

I have always wanted to do something like this. I love photography and love meeting and talking to people. Many moons ago I was a policeman and so talking to people was an important part of my job, so it is quite easy for me to strike up a conversation with someone I do not know.

The local papers in Kristiansand always publish little photographs of people in the street with a question and answer session. I always look at this page hoping to see someone I might know.

Fortunately for me, I can build this website and facebook group myself which save a lot of money so the only expenses involved for me is the travel into town in my car and the tolls. Not bad really.

So Friday the 10th of January 2014, I started taking pictures and getting stories from people in Kristiansand. Why is this website in English you ask, because I am an Australian and every Humans of project around the world is in English regardless of which country it is.

I do not intend to get anything out of this project apart from making an interesting project for people to see.

The following month, I was offered a job at Visit Sørlandet (the travel marketing organisation for Southern Norway) and said that I wanted to continue the project because I thought it was important for Kristiansand and it was also very important to me. They agreed and said that it could be a part of my new job. Perfect!

One thing that annoys me about the media today, is that they are too focused on celebrities. What about the real people? I think that is more interesting.

On my first day out taking pictures I met a girl that was born on a railway station, a dog with three legs and a really friendly old man telling me how proud he was of the city and how beautiful it was. How often do you see that in the paper? Never.

So, instead of the big media agencies giving you the sex, violence and celebrity stories, I will give you real people.


Adam Read