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Feel Good Friday: HONY’s #TattletalesFromTanqueray
If you haven’t already heard of New York photographer Brandon Stanton’s photography project-turned-international-phenomenon, also known as “Humans of New York,” consider this your formal introduction.
HONY was created in 2010, with an initial goal of photographing “10,000 New Yorkers on the street,” which soon came to include “quotes and short stories from their lives” (HONY's Facebook). Now, a whole decade later, the series has expanded to over 20 countries and is continuing to capture photos of ordinary people with extraordinary stories. Stanton’s passion project has become a full-time job, as he dedicates his life to photographing and storytelling for a growing social media audience of over 20 million people worldwide.
This week’s Feel Good Friday is dedicated to HONY’s longest, most detailed series of photographs of one subject: Stephanie. In 32 parts, she tells of a life filled with adventure, resilience, glamour, heartbreak, fame, and brutal honesty. Stephanie, also known by her stage name, ‘Tanqueray,’ is like something out of a novel, and her words have the eloquence to match. To say she is an incredible woman is an understatement, at best.
I should mention that the story itself isn’t a traditional ‘feel good,’ because it will make you feel, well, all the things. That being said, it’s definitely a Friday read you can’t miss. Check out the first of 32 parts of the #TattletalesFromTanqueray series.
The idea of Feel Good Fridays started because we believe the simple things that bring a smile to our face are some of the best things. Smiling and laughing have been proven to reduce stress in our lives! When we smile or laugh it releases neurotransmitters in our brain called endorphins, which are in charge of making us happy and helping to relieve stress.
Remember to check back for our next Feel Good Friday!
Having recently graduated from Media & the Public Interest at Western University, Simran resides in Markham with her family and her Havanese dog Thor. In addition to passions in mental health, media & cultural theory, and photography & design, Simran loves reading, playing various editions of Halo on Xbox, and dining out. She did her MPI Practicum with mindyourmind this past semester, and she is so excited to be back!
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