By: Juliana Bird
Megan Laurendeau (left) and Holly Russell (right) Photo by Ian Miller
This year, Vignesh Chockalingam, student council president, and a team of about ten photographers came together to form Humans of AHS. In their free time, these members roam around the school in search of someone who simply looks interesting to interview. Once their subject is chosen, the photographer asks questions, gathers interesting quotes, snaps pictures, and posts what he/she has learned on various social media accounts.
Humans of AHS gathers with the sole purpose of bringing “together a diverse community through pictures and words” which was well put by Chockalingam. Contributor, Julia Boucher, describes the process as a way to reveal “unheard voices”.
Ian Miller, one of the photographers, says that Humans of AHS inspires him to pursue being a photographer and to approach new people.
Boucher agrees that it’s “interesting to meet new people”. Chockalingam added that Humans of AHS allows him, “to see the diversity of the school. Students can look beyond the surface of their peers and listen and learn about their community, which is important.”
Since the beginning of the school year, Humans of AHS has created a Facebook page with 624 current likes. An Instagram was also created with 319 followers. Through social media, the photographers gather pictures and quotes are posted. Followers can then view them and learn more about their peers.
All contributors have common goals in terms of Humans of AHS’ growth. They wish to see it become more popular. Chockalingam hopes to reach a larger audience.
Boucher adds that once the page becomes more popular, the stories can get “deeper” and more meaningful.
The process of gathering stories to share is an exciting task for every member. When approaching a stranger, Miller may ask simple question such as “What is your favorite class?” Then he says, “I see where it goes from there.”
Boucher frequently asks the question, “If you had to give me advice right now, what would it be?”
Humans of AHS was inspired by the well-known social media account Humans of New York. Humans of New York consists of the same process but on a much larger scale. However, the purpose always remains… to strengthen the community.