About HOWM

About  (HOWM):

The “Humans of the White Mountains” project was inspired by “Humans of New York” (HONY, www.humansofnewyork.com), a hugely popular photojournalism project started in New York City in 2010. The initial goal of HONY was to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers on the street. The photographer, Brandon Stanton, started to interview the subjects in addition to photographing them. These photos and interviews became an electrifying blog that gave the world a glimpse into the daily lives of strangers on the streets of New York City.

Humans of the White Mountains (HOWM) is a spin-off of HONY featuring people who visit the White Mountains of New Hampshire. HOWM was started by Stephanie Robinson, a Communications student at Plymouth State University, as part of her job at the Notch Hostel, a new hostel located near Franconia Notch in the White Mountains (www.NotchHostel.com) that draws mountain enthusiasts from all corners of the country and the world. Captivated by the guests she met while working at the hostel, Stephanie began capturing their stories in the summer of 2016 and is now publishing them via HOWM’s website and Facebook page. Many of her initial posts feature guests hiking the Appalachian Trail (Georgia to Maine), as the hostel is situated in a popular “resupply” town along the AT.

Every traveler who passes through the White Mountains has a reason for being there…a story to tell. Humans of the White Mountains gives these people a voice and brings their stories to life. Our goal is to inspire people — to take a moment to listen to someone’s story, to recognize that we’ve all been through struggles and triumphs in our lives, and to treat others with compassion. We encourage our followers to seek out their own adventures in the mountains or where ever nature and peace can be found…joy and serenity are sure to follow!