Welcome Human of Nelson Book Readers!

This page is your portal to the online Humans of Nelson experience.

First of all, I want to thank you for picking up and reading through the HON book. I hope you enjoyed looking at the portraits and reading the stories as much as I have enjoyed making it.

The good times don't have to end!

Here's a list of links and information on the Humans of Nelson project:

1. Join the thousands of other fans of the Humans of Nelson project by liking the Facebook Page

2. Leave a review or your thoughts on the book by posting a comment over there on the right-hand side of this page.

3. Send me an email - to ask a question or just to say hi.


What brought you to Nelson?

A job, believe it or not. I reluctantly transferred to Nelson and wasn't actually looking forward to living in such a small town. But within a couple of weeks I fell in love and realized this was home.

What has changed in your life, because of this project?

The biggest change is that I have this big network of folks that I've shot and met through the project. I see the "Humans of Nelson" every time I go out and it's great to give and receive a warm smile, or to stop and catch up on life.

What inspired you to start the Humans of Nelson?

Bandon Stanton, who started the Humans of New York, but also all those folks that started spin-off Humans of... projects around the globe. 

What draws you to a subject?

Sometimes it's something they are wearing, but more often then not I'm looking for someone who doesn't seem rushed, who looks approachable and maybe willing to have a chat with a stranger.

How often do people say "no" when you ask to take their photo?

Less often than you might imagine. I'm surprised that the majority of people I approach agree to have their photo taken. We live in a very friendly, trusting community. I love that about Nelson.

Why do you photography visitors and not just residents?

The way I see it, we're all just visitors. Pretty deep, eh?

What did you think of the book? Leave your thoughts below:

  • Kristene Perron

    on December 4, 2014

    I loved the HON book...but I already knew I would based on the photos and text I've seen on Facebook. My husband, on the other hand, picked up the book knowing nothing about it and could not put it down. A striking, honest, and compassionate portrait of our unique city and its people. Well done!

  • Graeme Cross

    on December 4, 2014

    I think Christine was on the money - it'd be hard to imagine it done any better. Overall description would be beautifully done. I'd be hard pressed to even provide any constructive criticism.

  • Christine Dancer

    on December 4, 2014

    The book is amazing! It is so appealing visually and I find it is a real page turner. Couldn't have imagined it better! Super impressed and want to make sure you and your team realize the talent you have!

  • Danny Faulks

    on December 4, 2014

    Everyone that I have showed the book absolutely loves it! I also need to purchase more books!

  • Dylan Ferris

    on December 4, 2014

    I love the book. Read it front to back in one sitting and likely will do that again and again. Turned out beautifully. Congrats.

  • Allison Lutz

    on December 4, 2014

    Great job Ryan - we all had fun looking through it.

  • Sylvia Nordstrom

    on December 4, 2014

    Fabulous Book. I enjoy meeting all the Humans of Nelson.

  • Cara Beatty

    on December 4, 2014

    This is a fantastic book! My whole family loved it.

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