Humans of Nelson BC - Ryan Oakley Photography

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About the project

With more than six thousand loyal fans, the Humans of Nelson is a beautiful, touching, funny, and inspiring collection of photographs and stories celebrating our individuality and capturing the spirit of Nelson, British Columbia.

Photographer Ryan Oakley takes to the streets of Nelson, asking strangers if he can take their picture. Sometimes a bit of their conversation ends up as a caption to the photo.

This is a spin-off of the popular Humans of New York.

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Me: "How long have you two been homeless?"

Left: "We're not homeless! We're travellers. We both left when we were 15 years old."

Me: "What's been one of your best moments since you left?"

Right: "When we got close enough to the mountains that I knew we were just about to make our new home in the wilderness. I just became overwhelmed with joy. I rolled down the window and yelled 'I'M FUCKING FREE!'"

Me: "What kinds of reactions do you get from other people - being so young and by yourselves, not knowing what tomorrow will bring."

Left: "We made a choice to live this lifestyle. So many people we meet and see in the cities are slaves. Slaves to their jobs, slaves to their debt, slaves to their stuff. We are free of all that. People say they are inspired by us, that they wish they could have what we have."

Right: "And we know some people pity us or look down on us. But that's silly. The travelling community is pretty big - and most of us are good people living life this way by choice. Unfortunately there are bad travellers out there too - and they give our lifestyle a bad name."

Me: "What's the worst part about travelling."

Left: "It was freezing last night."

Me: "How long have you two been homeless?"

Left: "We're not homeless! We're travellers. We both left when we were 15 years old."

Me: "What's been one of your best moments since you left?"

Right: "When we got close enough to the mountains that I knew we were just about to make our new home in the wilderness. I just became overwhelmed with joy. I rolled down the window and yelled 'I'M FUCKING FREE!'"

Me: "What kinds of reactions do you get from other people - being so young and by yourselves, not knowing what tomorrow will bring."

Left: "We made a choice to live this lifestyle. So many people we meet and see in the cities are slaves. Slaves to their jobs, slaves to their debt, slaves to their stuff. We are free of all that. People say they are inspired by us, that they wish they could have what we have."

Right: "And we know some people pity us or look down on us. But that's silly. The travelling community is pretty big - and most of us are good people living life this way by choice. Unfortunately there are bad travellers out there too - and they give our lifestyle a bad name."

Me: "What's the worst part about travelling."

Left: "It was freezing last night."