Humans of St. George
Photos and graphics by Darren M. Edwards

In September of 2010, New York-based photographer Brandon Stanton started a side project he called “Humans of New York,” or HONY. Stanton’s idea was to create a visual catalog of the people living in New York. Photographing strangers he met on the street, Stanton soon began collecting their stories. The project showed a very human side of a city that can sometimes seem full of nameless faces. Since HONY started in 2010, hundreds of other photographers have followed Stanton’s example. There are Humans of Chicago, Humans of Austin, and even recently a Humans of Salt Lake.

So, why start a Humans of St. George (HOSG)? Since I moved here in 2010, I’ve noticed many divisions in St. George, and southern Utah by extension. But when it comes down to it, we’re all just people, and it’s a lot harder to place someone in that “other” category once you know them a little.

The goal of Humans of St. George is to help us see the humanity in each other, especially in those we see as different from ourselves. Project subjects are generally met on the streets of St. George and always asked the same five questions. “How did you end up in St. George (and/or) what has kept you here?” “Where do you fit in in St. George?” “How would you describe your personal sense of style?” (Can go deeper than clothing.) “How would you describe St. George to someone who has never been here?” “If you could have one wish for the St. George area, what would it be?”

I hope you enjoy this exploration of our community.

Karl Vochatzer

My wife and I were ready to live in the western USA. When an employment option came up for Cedar City/St. George we took the plunge and moved our family out of the density of Austin, TX to here. We stay because we like the great outdoors and the beautiful scenery, especially while rock climbing in the numerous places and types of rock all around the area.
I fit in anywhere outdoors and away from dense civilization!
My style is very casual (t-shirts, jeans and flip-flops) or with climbing/outdoor garb.
(How would you describe St. George to someone who has never been here?)
Living in the middle of a multi-dimensional environment with various levels of terrain, big skies and colorful sunshine on everything it shines upon.
If I could have one wish for the St. George area it would be…not to outgrow itself or to continually expand its footprint until everything is paved over and carved up.
Humans of St. George
[H.O.S.G] is a project by DME Creative Services Follow on Instagram @DME_UTAH or @DMEcreativeservices on Facebook

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