Sharing Saskatoon stories one person at a time
WATCH: A Saskatoon woman has found inspiration from a popular photo blog and is documenting the unique stories of people living her community. Meaghan Craig reports.
SASKATOON – It’s a project that has taken on a life of its own, offering a glimpse into the personal lives of those walking the streets of Saskatoon then shared online for the entire world to read.
The phenomenon started in New York City and has now taken the Bridge City by storm.
Every day, Moe Morin wanders the streets of Saskatoon armed with a camera. Her mission – to document the lives of perfect strangers.
“Some people say yes, some people say no and then we just keep moving, no criteria,” said Moe Morin, Humans of Saskatoon co-founder.
After suffering personal tragedies Morin was looking for inspiration. She found it in the popular blog Humans of New York.
This city project was started by a photographer in 2010 that took to social media.
At the time, Morin and her brother , both amateur photographers, thought it was a shame their loved ones’ stories weren’t documented.
“Saskatoon is such a diverse community, there’s so many different kinds of people, creative – talented people, people who are innovative and brilliant so we get to meet some of these people along the way,” said Morin.
Morin says each and every interview is different.
“Realizing that people have their preconceptions, their pre-existing beliefs, their emotions are in there and their prejudices are in there,” said Morin.
“When I’m picking a quote, I’m going through the quotes and I try to tie it into the photograph and try and evoke some kind of feeling when I post the picture with the quote.”
Featuring over 150 Saskatonians, Humans of Saskatoon has garnered more than 6,300 likes on its Facebook page.
Morin sees the project going, as long as there are people willing to share their stories.
“Stories are important, stories connect people, stories they bring people together, they show that everybody’s the same.”