Inspired by the concept of “A Message in a Bottle” and Humans of New York, I decided do a project asking people of Coventry to leave a message in front of a camera.
The objective was to build a communication bridge between people who want to say something to the other person or even themselves but due to physical or mental restrictions they can’t do so.
How the idea came up
As a human being we love to communicate, more importantly express how we feel about certain things or about someone. However sometimes we feel restricted because of certain things for example we don’t have enough courage to say it in person, the timing is not right, the other person has already passed away, you feel like you need to let it out but not to people that you know, or you don’t know how to get in touch with the other person. The aim of this project was to overcome these restrictions.
After the video was shot and edited together, it was exhibited at the Glass Box Gallery on 13th March 2017 with other Media Production students who did a project on Humans Of Coventry. Overall the exhibition was successful and received positive feedback.
The project was also an experiment if people had something that they wanted to get off their chest because experts at Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Rochester showed that people who bottle up their emotions are in higher risk of premature death, 35% to be exact.
To overcome this issue, I’m planning to carry on the project but instead of “Message From People In Coventry”, it will be “Message From People On Earth”, and people will be asked to send message anonymously via www.peoplesmessages.tumblr.com. To implement the concept of “A Message in a Bottle”, the messages will be released on an Instagram account @peoplesmessages.