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Fairmont Photographer Looks to Redefine City By Sharing Stories of Residents

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Fairmont is known as the "Friendly City," and that's exemplified by Humans of Fairmont creator Creed Holden, and he's proven that kindness is contagious: as of Thursday, the page surpassed 1,000 Facebook likes in just one month. 

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but for Holden, it's the conversation surrounding that picture that is priceless.

"I think I'm putting the social in social media," said Holden.

Inspired by the website Humans of New York, Creed has set out on a mission: to get to know the people of Fairmont by sharing one story at a time on his Facebook page.

"I did one of Fairmont, and the people are every bit as interesting. It's like street art and a portraiture of the people you're running into as you're out capturing these moments," said Holden.

Holden launched his page last month, and the rest is history, or history in the making.

"One hundred years from now, even the most boring shot I'm taking, people might find that of great interest," said Holden.

In a world filled with social media and text messages, one might think his approach is too direct or old-fashioned, it's that face-to-face encounter that has put a smile on the faces of many.

"Some people seem approachable or very interesting. They may not have that chance to interact or mingle on the street," said Holden. "Those few little words they say, if you present them correctly, will help flush out this person and make him seem real. And they will tell you amazing things."

Holden's passion has generated lots of positive feedback in the community, but he says his work is not about him. Instead, the message is two-fold: getting to know one another while inspiring others to do the same.

"An older gentleman that I did, he said to me, 'Well, you don't have to leave so soon, and don't take time in coming back.' And I think that's something we can all take from this," said Holden.