Humans of TFS

Humans of New York” (HONY) began as a photography project in 2010 by Brandon Stanton. The initial goal was to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers on the street and create a catalog of the city’s inhabitants. Stanton expanded the project to include interviews and, taken together, the portraits and captions became the subject of a blog – now with nearly 18,000,000 followers.

In the spirit of HONY, the Upper School Photography Club has created “Humans of TFS." Enjoy this wonderful series of photography and stories. Check back each week for new entries!



HUMANS OF TFS | No. 1

What am I most proud of? Well, I learned how to rap "Guns and Ships” in one night. It’s a song… from “Hamilton” -- Ouch. I can’t believe I just said that.    

-Photo by Estelle D.

 

 

 

 


HUMANS OF TFS | No. 2

Always appreciate your family. I know that I'm kind of a hypocrite because I don't always do that. Just last night, I wanted to rip my brother's head off because we argued about who was going to feed the dogs. What I do know is that my mom has given me everything -- except for my eyes -- and I should appreciate and be thankful for her and my brothers more often because you never know how much time you have left with them, until that time runs out.    

-Photo by Mary R.


HUMANS OF TFS | No. 3

My best advice--or at least some advice--I would give to someone would be that all humans on this earth have true, sincere feelings, no matter if it's a mom, dad, kid, or teenager. And you need to take that into account and treat everyone how you would like to be treated yourself. You never know how that person is feeling or what they are going through. Don't have a negative impact on someone. Brighten their day. All it needs to be is a smile that can make a difference.

Photo by Abby R.


HUMANS OF TFS | No. 4

What's your biggest fear?
"The dark, I think. 'Cause it's so... dark."

Photo by Eleanor H.







HUMANS OF TFS | No. 5

So my uncle was walking around the lake that he usually walks around, and he saw something by the roots of a giant tree. And it was very fast, it just looked like something... just a regular animal. And he realized it was a dog. And he walked down, and she was very scared and she was skinny. You could see her ribs, and she was scared. My uncle had to wait for like 15 minutes before she would come out, and she came out, he picked her up, and walked her all the way back around the lake. He went back home, put some food out, and for two hours she didn’t want it. And this summer when I saw Amy [the dog], she was very yappy, she was hyper, and she didn’t like my dad one bit. She was with my uncle every second of the day and would follow him around everywhere. So I would just be there -- getting used to her, petting her. And then when it was time to go home [with Amy], I was very...well, I was very scared because I didn’t know how it would go or how hard it would be or what would happen. And when I took her home it seemed to be fine. Getting my dog was probably the happiest moment of my life. 

Photo by Kati P.


HUMANS OF TFS | No. 6

One of the happier moments? That's such a hard question--I've really had a really great life. I've really been very blessed. You know, I can go with the standard answers of when my children were born. Although to be quite honest, in the moment I was pretty exhausted. Recently, I was super excited when I was accepted to work here because I love teaching and I've actually wanted to teach here for years, and there was never an opening. . . . I have happy moments every day. I don't know. Happiness is kind of a... Does everyone get a question this hard? I'm happy when I look around my classroom and my students are all working at a level where they're challenged and not overwhelmed but not bored. I'm happy when my kids come into my room at the end of the day and the first thing they do is just light up when they see me. I'm happy when I go home to my husband. I'm happy when I do a science lab and nobody gets hurt.

Photo by Mary R.

 


HUMANS OF TFS | No. 7

We were sitting around the table. We had Jordan on the computer talking to us from Seattle. I had a plate loaded with baby carrots, baby potatoes, baby mushrooms and sliders when my mommy told me she was pregnant. I was nervous because I didn’t know what was happening, but I could tell everyone but Khosi and I knew what was going on. When Mom told us the news she showed us a picture. I was thinking about how I will be able to hold the bundle in my arms; my eyes filled with happy tears.

Photo by Rayne H.

 


HUMANS OF TFS | No. 8

You know, one of my proudest moments was when--and I can remember this... this is just very touching--when I was a young woman I was in this workshop for leadership. This man who had known my mother said to me after the big, long interview process, "You know, your mother must be very proud of you." And I thought, “My mother is proud of me.” It wasn't just being successful, it was because I made my mother proud. That was just one of the proudest moments in my life. I had a lot of major accomplishments that made me feel successful but the proudest moment was when someone made that comment… it was like, wow, I made my mom proud. I did something for her. That was really good, I did something for my mother.

Photo by Eleanor H.

 


HUMANS OF TFS | No. 9

My greatest struggle right now is probably balancing school, college prep, and keeping a good social life outside of school.  There is also the struggle of dealing with parents and relationships.

Photo by Abby R.




HUMANS OF TFS | No. 10

My biggest fear? Spiders! I do not have the time to figure out which spiders are poisonous or not, therefore I stay away from all of them.

 -Photo by Estelle D.

 

 

 


HUMANS OF TFS | No. 11

My advice is that sometimes you can’t fix things. You can’t fit everything and everyone into your life like a puzzle; it’s more like packing a suitcase. There are going to be people and places and opportunities you have to leave behind, and there are going to be things you cannot change. That’s not to say you shouldn’t fight for the good, but sometimes you have to realize that something’s gotta give.

 -Photo by Rayne H.

 


HUMANS OF TFS | No. 12

I know this is like the most cliche thing, but it really doesn't hurt to try new things that you're scared of and don't want to do. Opportunities will pass you by, and you're going to live life not knowing what it feels like to do things. Even if it's a bad experience, at least you tried!

-Photo by Estelle D.





HUMANS OF TFS | No. 13

What is something that makes you really happy?
"Nap. I'm gonna go have nap."

What else makes you happy?
"Being Fifi's sister."

What is something that makes you really sad?
"Nothing."

-Photo by Mary R.

 


HUMANS OF TFS | No. 14
 
"My advice is enjoy life, have some fun, don't be too serious."
 
-Photo by Kati P.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

HUMANS OF TFS | No. 15
 
"My proudest moment? That my sons are both doing well. I know that's not 'a moment' but, I'm proud of that -- that my two sons are both doing well."
 
-Photo by Eleanor H.
 
 
 
 
 

HUMANS OF TFS | No. 16
 
“Don’t listen to the nay-sayers, even if they’re inside your own head.  And don’t be afraid to fail, because you’ll learn a lot from failing miserably.  And, whatever you’re passionate about, you have to keep at it.”  
 
-Photo by Abby R.
 
 
 
 

HUMANS OF TFS | No. 17

“The happiest moment of my life? I have a lot of happiness in my life, but I'm probably happiest when my family is all at home and we sit around talking and laughing. I think the saddest moment of my life was when my mom died, because she knew me better than anyone has ever known me. She saw the best in me, the good in me that everyone doesn't always see. (She also saw the bad in me, but still loved me anyway.) I was always so afraid of losing my mom, so when I lost her I learned I could get through anything. You grieve and you recover. You're not the same but you recover. So I try not to spend much time being scared, I just have faith that God will take care of us and we'll get through hard times. What advice would I give someone? Figure out why you’re living this life and what it’s all about, and then live your life as if that's the only thing that matters. I feel like I follow that advice pretty well. I don't do it perfectly, obviously, but I live based on my priorities as well as I can, and I am proud of the peace I live with. I've worked hard for that peace and contentment.”

-Photo by Estelle D.

 


HUMANS OF TFS | No. 18

What's your happiest moment?
"Playing Play-Doh and Barbies and playing all the stuff like when we were little kids."
 
What's your proudest moment?
"The Nine Tray. You just have to do the beads and tens and ten hundred bars and the thousand cube." 
 
What's your biggest fear?
"Zombie skeleton ghosts"
 
What's the hardest thing you have to do?
Like the hardest thing for me to do is to climb snow mountains... and also roofs... but you need a ladder for the roofs.
 
-Photo by Eleanor H.