Photographer Ryan Oakley will launch the book version of his popular Humans of Nelson project at the Civic Theatre on Nov. 15.

Photographer Ryan Oakley will launch the book version of his popular Humans of Nelson project at the Civic Theatre on Nov. 15.

Humans of Nelson to launch book version

Photographer Ryan Oakley will release 232-page adaptation of popular Facebook phenomenon.

Internet sensation Humans of Nelson has arrived in book form as a beautiful, 232-page hardcover book, and you can get your copy on Nov. 15 at the Civic Theatre.

“It’s exciting to launch the book at the Civic,” said Ryan Oakley, the Nelson engineer behind the project. “It allows me to talk about some of the images in the book by showing them on the big screen, and there’s enough room for everyone who wants to come.”

The free event will run from 2 to 5 p.m., with a slideshow at 3 p.m.

“I’m so indebted to the people who allowed me to take their photos. This is event is a way to say thanks,” he said.

Earlier this year Oakley held a Kickstarter campaign to raise the $10,000 necessary to see his dream become a reality. He hit his fundraising goal within two weeks.

Oakley said the experience has been a unique way to engage with the community and explore his creativity.

“Everyone I met had a story,” said Oakley. “Sometimes it was hard to find the courage, but then I’d think `go, you never know what amazing person you might meet today’. Every person I met had something to tell me that made me think, or empathize, or laugh. It was a terrific experience.”

The Humans of Nelson book will be for sale in the lobby. Fans who pre-ordered the book are encouraged to pick up their copy at the event.