Jackson and Varner started the project in August 2014, both inspired by Humans of New York.
Cheyenne Varner: I just remember being really struck by how accessible it was. I wanted to read more and more and more. […]
Varner: It was really engaging and it was naturally engaging. Other people started talking about it, I started asking, “Have you heard of this?” And other people were saying, “Yeah, I saw that. It’s neat.” I just loved how it really humanized people.
Varner and Jackson saw the impact of pairing portraits with short quotes that often revealed deeply personal experiences, thoughts or beliefs.
Humans of Richmond