46 unique Faces of Orlando

We've been completely enamored with the Faces of Orlando project since we first discovered it earlier this year. We asked the creator of the project if we share some of her fantastic images and stories with our readers. She happily agreed.

From the creator:

"Inspired by Humans of New York (#HONY), I wanted to go out in my home town of Orlando, Florida to see who I was living with. I have lived in Orlando for almost my entire life and never really taken the time to get to know my fellow Orlandoans.

The intention of #FOO is to display even just a tiny bit of a human life through his or her photo and quote. Orlando is filled with a beautiful tapestry of unique individuals that are from all over the country and the world and each one has a story to tell."

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"I have a fear of death. It's not really a fear of dying, itself, but a fear of not achieving my full potential before I die."
"I have a fear of death. It's not really a fear of dying, itself, but a fear of not achieving my full potential before I die."
"That’s what I do is dance. I can’t help it. All my life I’ve been dancing."
"That’s what I do is dance. I can’t help it. All my life I’ve been dancing."
"Can I take a picture of you two?"
"Of course, baby. I need to find me a boyfriend! Put us on YouTube; put us on the internet. Tell 'em we're single! And we've got jobs!"
"Can I take a picture of you two?"

"Of course, baby. I need to find me a boyfriend! Put us on YouTube; put us on the internet. Tell 'em we're single! And we've got jobs!"
Her name was Christine Sixteen - an homage to the KISS song. 
"I'm about cool, I'm about rock & roll, I'm about vintage."
"Do you have any wild stories to tell?"
"I once had a girl come in [to my store] who said she had dated Jim Morrison from The Doors. We sat down out front and talked for like two hours. She was a Sharon Osbourne look-a-like and she talked about how she had met the Osbournes and spent a lot of time at their house with Ozzy and everything. People come in here a lot and relive the good old days."
Her name was Christine Sixteen - an homage to the KISS song.

"I'm about cool, I'm about rock & roll, I'm about vintage."

"Do you have any wild stories to tell?"

"I once had a girl come in [to my store] who said she had dated Jim Morrison from The Doors. We sat down out front and talked for like two hours. She was a Sharon Osbourne look-a-like and she talked about how she had met the Osbournes and spent a lot of time at their house with Ozzy and everything. People come in here a lot and relive the good old days."
"I've been shining shoes for a while now."
"What'd you do before this?"
"I washed dishes."
Why'd you decide to go into shining shoes?"
"So I can be my own boss. I'm good at what I do and I like what I do. I like making people happy. This guy's shoes, right here - he didn't dye them very well so I'm fixing them up for him. Looks like you need your shoes taken care of, too, ma'am."
"I've been shining shoes for a while now."

"What'd you do before this?"

"I washed dishes."

Why'd you decide to go into shining shoes?"

"So I can be my own boss. I'm good at what I do and I like what I do. I like making people happy. This guy's shoes, right here - he didn't dye them very well so I'm fixing them up for him. Looks like you need your shoes taken care of, too, ma'am."
"I'm a tattoo artist... but I got into painting not long ago. It's good when you're stressed or depressed or whatever. Like when I need to get out of the chair for a quick minute." 
"Well, your work is awesome."
"You paint?"
"No, I just take photos. I wish I could paint."
"Well, I wish I could take photos. If you teach me to take photos I'll teach you to paint."
"I'm a tattoo artist... but I got into painting not long ago. It's good when you're stressed or depressed or whatever. Like when I need to get out of the chair for a quick minute."

"Well, your work is awesome."

"You paint?"

"No, I just take photos. I wish I could paint."

"Well, I wish I could take photos. If you teach me to take photos I'll teach you to paint."
"What's the biggest obstacle you've encountered in your life?"
"I have a problem with thinking the grass is greener on the other side. Like, I go back and forth between France and Orlando a lot because I'll think it will be better."
"What have you learned from going back and forth between the two places?"
"I've learned a lot about people. And that there are cool people everywhere and there are assholes everywhere. There are a lot of assholes. That's a lot of why I move back and forth, I get annoyed with the people and what I'm doing so I leave. But I've realized that you can leave and go somewhere else but you'll always be you. The people and your surroundings will change but you will still be you inside. You can't run from yourself."
"What's the biggest obstacle you've encountered in your life?"

"I have a problem with thinking the grass is greener on the other side. Like, I go back and forth between France and Orlando a lot because I'll think it will be better."

"What have you learned from going back and forth between the two places?"

"I've learned a lot about people. And that there are cool people everywhere and there are assholes everywhere. There are a lot of assholes. That's a lot of why I move back and forth, I get annoyed with the people and what I'm doing so I leave. But I've realized that you can leave and go somewhere else but you'll always be you. The people and your surroundings will change but you will still be you inside. You can't run from yourself."
"What's Iron Order?"
"It's a biker group. We go around and help protect the community. Like if a kid is getting bullied we try to help him and give him and ride home, safely. The police love us."
"What's Iron Order?"

"It's a biker group. We go around and help protect the community. Like if a kid is getting bullied we try to help him and give him and ride home, safely. The police love us."
"You have a really unique look. Do you model?"
"I actually auditioned for America's Next Top Model. I'm waiting to hear back from them. My goal is to model."
"How do you think it went?"
"Well, I didn't see many white girls and there was only one redhead and her hair was long and wavy. So, I think I stood out."
"You have a really unique look. Do you model?"

"I actually auditioned for America's Next Top Model. I'm waiting to hear back from them. My goal is to model."

"How do you think it went?"

"Well, I didn't see many white girls and there was only one redhead and her hair was long and wavy. So, I think I stood out."
"He and I met at a gay campgrounds about 40 minutes from here."
"I didn’t know we had those."
"Yeah, don’t go there. You’ll get attacked by lesbians… and not the good kind."
"He and I met at a gay campgrounds about 40 minutes from here."

"I didn’t know we had those."

"Yeah, don’t go there. You’ll get attacked by lesbians… and not the good kind."