Saturday, January 2, 2010

Secret confessions...

I love this idea. 
Frank Warren is an American guy who started a community art project by printing out 3000 postcards and distributing them around town, inviting people to anonymously send him their secrets. 
The brief was: "Reveal anything - as long as it is true and you have never shared it with anyone before. Be brief. Be legible. Be creative."
The response was phenomenal. There's a lot of people out there with their conscience weighing on them. Thousands of secrets have been published on a blog and in a series of books.
Here's a few from the original book PostSecret - Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives (2005). "Frank calls them 'graphic haiku', beautiful, elegant and small in structure but powerfully emotional."
Some are light-hearted and funny, others dark, obsessive and jarring.
They remind me of Plato's advice:
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
And everyone has a secret story...
And I love these two from the PostSecret blog:

1 comment:

Tasha Thornton said...

Secret Confession - "I wish I was a child again...and could swing fast, high & be carefree!" So I tried it...with my son these holidays in the Drakensberg....and fell off from a dizzy height at a scary speed & got hit from behind by the swing!!! I have the bruises, lacerations & bandages to prove secret!!!