Ever since Brandon Stanton’s ‘Humans of New York’ (HoNY) picked up, there have been several earnest mimics of his page. And then, there’s Humans of Delhi (HoD), a satire of the ‘Humans…’ craze. Here’s an interview with not Himanshu (nH)from HoD.
When did you get acquainted Humans of New York?
nH- August 24th, 2013.
Are you originally from Delhi?
nH- Delhi is a city of migrants. We, however, have been residents since the original Harappans used the site as a dump.
How did you come up with the concept of Humans of Delhi, which is quite different from the rest of the spin-offs? How many contributors do you have?
nH- This concept came out of rage felt at the many ripoffs of HoNY, which frankly is a little too cheesy anyway. We don’t know about ‘quite different’ because now there seem to be as many parody HONY pages than sincere imitations.
We have only 1 contributor right now because the others are all luzers. Also, they are all gay for each other. That’s right BC, aur block karo mujhe.
What does working undercover feel like?
nH- Feels good man.
Who are the people that you photograph? Are they friends/acquaintances?
nH- Some are friends, but mostly we prefer to steal copyrighted content from talented and hardworking photographers. It makes the likes all the more sweeter.
How do you carry out the shoot? Do you have some specific photo angle?
nH- We usually prefer a top-angle because then you might get to see down someone’s shirt. We don’t pre-determine anything.
What kind of feedback do you receive?
nH- Usually angry, hateful ones. It means we’re doing our job well.
Has this changed your general perspective towards life and people?
nH- Yes. We have learned that likes and shares are everything in life. We have had fights and break-ups simply because one or more of us favoured a more like-attracting post than one that was closer to our vision.
Check out their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Humans-of-Delhi/638988479488911?fref=ts