We’ve all heard it before: “Don’t talk to strangers.” Brandom Doman and The Strangers Project aren’t listening.
The Strangers Project, which Doman started back in 2009 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, asks strangers from the street to stop and share anything about themselves in a journal entry, which is then anonymously posted to the Strangers Project website. The over 4,000 (and counting) entries run the gamut from grim to goofy, beginning, for instance, with “I’m cheating on my boyfriend of almost a year,” or “I don’t know what to do with my life,” or “I’ve been pooped on by birds five times throughout my life.” The project has been based in New York since Doman recently moved to Brooklyn.
“I didn’t know what to expect for the project when I moved here a few weeks ago, but I’ve been floored by the positive reactions,” he told NYDN. “Every time I set up, I interact with hundreds of people and add another 30 to 60 stories to the collection.”
This Saturday (7/28), The Strangers Project is launching “Story Day New York,” in which volunteers all around the city will collect journal entries from strangers for 24 hours, and live update the site with the stories. The day’s stories will then be collected in a small limited edition zine. Find out more about Story Day NY here.
[via NY Daily News]