The Happy Humans project was born out of a simple idea. There is a lot of happiness in this world and despite what you might hear or see in the news, people from most every culture and corner of the Earth are living happy lives. All people strive for something simple at their core. Happiness. Happy Humans Project all started as a challenge to myself to get out of my comfort zone and do a bit of candid street photography centered around portraits in everyday moments. In my travels I have been lucky enough to meet thousands of people of all types, and one common strand stood out. Everyone wants to be happy.
It was through meeting others, seeing their happiness and sharing a smile in unexpected moment that solidified my decision to start a project that shared the images of happy humans walking the earth.
I know that when someone smiles at me, I smile back. Often times it’s reversed and I get a smile in return. It’s simple gestures like this that bring people joy, make people feel comfortable and most of all it makes people feel human again.
Through my lens, I’ll share some of those moments that I encounter with you. The unexpected moments of happiness that lie in the world around me. Raw, happy human moments. People I meet in my everyday life in my travels around the world and in my hometown. No makeup, no lighting, no staging. Just Happy Humans portraits.
Paolo thank you for inspiring me and your part in making the Happy Humans Project come to life. It was through meeting you, seeing your happiness and sharing a smile in that moment that solidified my view that there are so many Happy Humans walking the earth and so often, all we can hear about are the negatives.
It is through portraits such as Paolo’s that I can share his and other’s smiles and happiness.
I love shooting people, maybe that’s why this project is becoming such a big part of what I’m doing these days. Maybe it’s that I love to learn from and talk to others about what makes them tick, what makes them happy. In any case, I’m loving getting out of my own comfort zone, approaching total strangers that might not even speak my language and interact with them and capture a moment of happiness.
I want others to benefit from the beauty of these images. My deepest intention is for my pictures to help build bridges over spiritual and cultural divides. The more we witness and experience the profound similarities we have at our essence, then the better our world will be. I want to celebrate and ennoble the human spirit and capture the indomitable force of happiness 1,000's of times over.