In 2010, photographer Brandon Stanton set out to create a visual map of New York City residents, but the project began to take on a life of its own once he started interviewing his subjects. Opening with broad questions like, “What’s your biggest struggle right now?” or “What is one good piece of advice?,” Brandon suddenly found himself capturing the stories of the people he met, not just their photographs. Today, he is now the creator of one of the most visited sites online: Humans of New York. “Everybody has a story,” he says, “it’s not really the visual things I’m looking for. There are eight million people, there are eight million stories, and those eight million people are constantly refreshing and changing over.”
While our Triangle doesn’t have New York’s eight million, it is home to 2,037,430 people. And hey, we don’t like to brag, but the cities within it have topped countless “best of” lists. No wonder our metro area is experiencing some of the largest population growth in the country. More and more people call the Triangle home every day, and last year, 1.76 million of them rode Triangle Transit. But who are they? Are they students, parents, workers? How does public transportation shape their day-to-day lives? What are their stories?
We think it’s time someone heard them.
Meet the 24 Project. Inspired by the lives and faces captured on Humans of New York, we plan to hear the stories of 24 riders on 24 different Triangle Transit routes over one 24 hour period. 24 portraits, 24 routes, 24 hours. The 24 portraits will then be displayed along with their stories at Artsplosure 2014.
So whether you hop on the bus for a quick ride downtown or use it to commute to work every day, we want to hear from you. Own a business near a bus stop? We want to hear from you too. It can be as simple as sharing your favorite place to sit or telling us about the guy who always comes into your shop to grab a coffee before he catches the bus. We might ask, who’s your favorite bus driver? What’s the most memorable thing you’ve seen on the bus? Most importantly, what can we be doing better to get you from place to place?
We each come from different walks of life, and our skills, passions and hobbies all contribute to the Triangle’s dynamic culture. And just like our modes of transportation, our stories are ever-growing and ever-changing.