Through the Lens

. April 30, 2015.

A year ago, Dave Morrow felt isolated. He had lived in Findlay for nearly a decade, yet he didn’t know anyone. An idea to create Humans of Findlay changed that “status” drastically – he is now immersed in the heart of the community.

“I was struggling with depression,” Morrow said. “I am a religious person and I saw a 30-second clip on the news about…Humans of New York. I felt like there was a reason I saw that clip. I wanted to get to know people and showcase what they’re doing and how they’re contributing.”

Different profiles

Morrow, 57, celebrated the one-year anniversary of his Facebook site Humans of Findlay on April 2. In a year he has highlighted more than 400 Findlayites, presenting a short write-up and photo for each person or group. Those featured on the site are nominated by others, ranging from a skilled machinist with a kind heart, to a doctor who has delivered countless area babies, to the wives of area firefighters.

“I never want this site to be about me,” Morrow said. “I’m just the guy behind the camera. I want to recognize the good that people are doing.”

Morrow is a retired social studies teacher and former EMT. He currently teaches CPR and First Aid classes for the American Red Cross. Morrow’s hobby of photography started in the 1990s. He took college courses, developed his own film, and even taught community college-level photography classes. All photos on Humans of Findlay are black and white, his preferred medium.

“I want everyone to be on equal footing,” Morrow said of the black and white photos. “I want you to see the person and not be distracted by anything else.”

Partners making a difference

Through a partnership between Morrow, the Hancock Historical Society and The University of Findlay, a book is in the works called “Humans of Findlay: A Snapshot of the Community.” Proceeds from the book, which should become available in about six months, will go to the historical society.

Morrow’s car is outfitted with a Humans of Findlay logo, he wears a Humans of Findlay pull-over and distributes business cards. He enjoys every minute of it.

“I never thought it would get to this magnitude,” Morrow said. “I can’t get depressed anymore – I’m too busy. It’s been such a blessing to be able to do it.”

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