A story from the man behind Humans of Amity – Uttam PoudyalOctober 9, 2016
Random people and their acts of kindness have always inspired me. When I landed at Amity, its diverse culture amused me. It was heartening to see how the university was giving wings to the dreams of so many young people. The warmth exuded by some of the Amitians moved me and I felt the urge to connect with other like-minded individuals in Amity and then Humans of Amity was born.
My story started from Nepal, I was raised and brought up there. Since my father had a business in Thailand, some part of my life was spent there too. I studied there till fourth grade and then my father sent me to Nepal.
We had to move to Delhi when,my mother was diagnosed with cancer for the treatment. Instead of losing time, I decided to join Amity University. She has recovered and I’m in my third year in journalism and mass communication.
When I first moved here, I was pretty excited. Since I come from Nepal and we are similar culturally , I didn’t have to struggle a lot to adapt to the city. People here are mostly misjudged, but they are good. They were welcoming.
I love photography. Initially, I did not have my own camera, so I used to borrow my friend’s and click random pictures. I didn’t know what a good photograph was. I enjoyed roaming around clicking pictures. I kept practicing and people started appreciating my work and I ended up with a blog.
Architect of a beautiful dream: Photography isn’t just about capturing and putting photographs on social networking site to win applaud and appreciation of people. To me, photography is a serious art which has undergone tremendous changes since the time of its inception. It is all about weaving a beautiful story in the form of compositions. Amity is like a second home to many students and I wanted to document their uniqueness, incredible feelings and achievement through this page. Taking the challenges head on: It was not an easy task at all to begin with. Normally, people find it difficult to open up in the very first meeting. It took me a lot of time to make them feel comfortable and share their dreams and passion. However, each story that I came across was unique in its own way. This also helped me get in touch with so many wonderful people.
Beauty unmasked: Each story that has featured on my page is special and has struck a chord with me. It would be unfair to pin-point any one story. For me each story is unique and special in its own way. Some stories are emotional and reduce you to tears while others amuse you. They depict the real emotions of real people. However, I was deeply moved by the stories and messages of some students and faculty members. They changed my perspective towards life.
Exclusively yours: I have always wanted to usher in a change in the society and I believe that photography is the right medium to do so. According to me, photographs send out a powerful message as they leave a deep impact on a person’s heart and mind. I felt the same emotions run through me when I came across the ‘Humans of New York’ page. It left me completely mesmerised and I started toying with the idea of coming up with a similar page. Brandon Stanton, at the onset of his page HNY, had planned to gather 10,000 portraits of New Yorkers and plot them on the map of the city, but when he started conversing with people and started including their quotes and small stories, his page started getting more popular.
I’ve always liked documenting people. We are so busy with our everyday lives that we barely have time for one another. We are busy judging everybody. I have always been a listener. My father passed away when I was in seventh grade. He used to tell me stories about people and I used to listen to him very closely. When I started the blog(Humans Of Amity), it felt good hearing people’s stories, their joys and their struggles. I started appreciating my life even more. It gave me purpose; I felt I was not alone.
The USP of Humans of Amity is that it brings to light the hidden beauty of Amitians and highlights the hard work of the unsung heroes of Amity.
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