Stanton started HONY in 2010. His goal was to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers and plot the city’s inhabitants on a map; the result is not only photos, but an incredible blog that highlights the human dynamic and diversity of New York.
Now the United Nations has taken notice; with their help, he is taking his project a step further. On August 7th, Stanton embarked on a journey to ten countries with a larger purpose in mind. According to the HONY Facebook page, he hopes to raise awareness for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
The MDGs are eight humanitarian goals the member countries of the UN set for the world in 2005. The goals range from reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS to alleviating extreme poverty to promoting environmental sustainability; in all, the eight goals are meant to meet the needs of the world’s poorest by 2015.
In the statement released on the HONY website and Facebook page, Stanton hopes his trip will “in some way help to inspire a global perspective, while bringing awareness to the challenges that we all need to tackle together.”