Humains de Sherbrooke, the local photography project inspired by photographer Brandon Stanton’s “Humans of New York” photo blog, is hosting a public gathering at Estrie Aide on January 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the aim of building up a bank of stories to draw from. Like Stanton’s now famous project, the Sherbrooke initiative shares “person on the street” style portraits alongside brief quotes from the person in the photo. “It is a good way of bringing people together,” said Vanessa Cournoyer-Cyr, a co-founder of the Sherbrooke group and one of the writers and editors of the project. “We are a small city here and it sometimes gives one the impression that they know everyone. This is a good reminder that we don’t always know a stranger’s story or background.” Humains de Sherbrooke started in October of 2017 with the goal of publishing one portrait a week. According to Cournoyer-Cyr, the project has run about 65 or 70 pictures on its Facebook page to date. See full story in the Friday, Jan. 11 edition of The Record.
By Gordon Lambie