Armed with a Panasonic Lumix digital camera and a Facebook page,
In this case, it's street photography and the people you find on
"The first thing I did was order business cards," Hahn said.
She's pretty unassuming, and said having a card helped her break down walls when she would ask random people on the street for a personal anecdote and permission to take a photo.
She started the Facebook page in late July, and her first entry was
The caption read:
"Why do you dance in the streets like this?"
"I like to make people's day, enjoy myself, and just have fun with it."
Her follow-up: a couple walking by on a sunny weekday.
That entry read:
"What is your favorite thing about each other?"
"She's always happy. And I trust her."
Hahn is graphic designer at the magazine Local Flair in
Her more than 40 photo and caption entries on "Humans of
Photos and quotes
One of her most poignant shots was of a father and son.
That caption read:
"If you could teach your son one important life lesson, what would it be?"
"Save your money. You never know what's gonna happen."
She's posted photos and quotes from punk rockers, high school kids, grandparents and baristas.
Before Hahn created her page, the idea of taking candid portraits and posting them on Facebook under the "Humans of ..." title started in the summer of 2010 with amateur photographer
"Since its inception, Humans of
Hahn isn't looking to make a book, really.
On one evening when she was trawling for photo subjects, she spotted local artist and gallery owner Andrei Protsouk. She darted across the intersection of Main and Sixth streets to stop the artist as he was rounding the corner.
"I've been trying to get Andrei to be a human for a long time," she said. Protsouk is known locally for his art shop,
"I love that idea of being a human in
They chat, and Hahn gets his take on artistic inspirations before snapping a photo. This photo may not have come out too great, she said. It looks a little dark, but she said she can always lighten it up.
Hahn said her goal isn't to take the best photographs. She's not a trained photographer. Her own inspiration comes from breaking out of her shell a bit and striking up conversations with strangers. She's usually able to get a good candid shot from willing participants.
"Surprisingly, they do say yes," Hahn said about people who allow her to take their portraits.
Hahn has only been living in
"I met my husband, Matt, because of the band Evanescence," she said. They met at a concert in
"It's so abstract," Hahn said about her method for grabbing "humans" for her site. It's "anybody who has the whole personality, a little character," she said.
Part of the philosophy behind her project is just as easy as smiling at the person walking by you on the street. Hahn admits it pushes her to be more outgoing and learn about strangers, but it's more about touching lives.
"Especially with a small town, you have to acknowledge your neighbors with kindness."
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