Chemmie Squier | Acting Fashion & Beauty Editor | Thursday, 18 February 2016

People Are Sharing The Message They\'d Send To Their First Love On Instagram. Here\'s Why.

People Are Sharing The Message They'd Send To Their First Love On Instagram. Here's Why.

The Debrief: Brace yourself, things are about to get emosh.

Do you remember Brighton train station’s 'The Waiting Wall', where people sent in their innermost thoughts which were then displayed on a screen? The messages were, in most instances, totally heartbreaking. The ‘Last Message Received’ Tumblr was similar, asking people to send in the last ever message they'd received from a loved one. Again, absolutely heartwrenching.

The Unsent Project is a similar concept. Thought up by Rora Blue, a 19 year old artist from California, she sent out a prompt asking people to ‘State your first loves name and tell me what you would tell them if you sent them a text message. Also include the colour that you think of when you think of your first love’.


A photo posted by Röra (@rorablue) on Jan 8, 2016 at 10:42am PST

Her initial request received around 2,000 entries which she used to create an art installation but the project hasn't stopped there and she now has over 26,000 entries. And counting.


A photo posted by Röra (@rorablue) on Jan 5, 2016 at 1:46pm PST

The idea, she says, of asking people to pick a colour which represents their first love was to ‘find out what color most people see love in’ and she was ‘pleasantly surprised to find that love is seen in the full spectrum of colour’. 


A photo posted by Röra (@rorablue) on Dec 19, 2015 at 11:52am PST

As expected, a lot of the messages are wistful longings for the past and what could have been, whilst others are angry. Regardless, they're reminders of how impactful that relationship is, after all, everyone remembers their first love, don't they?


A photo posted by Röra (@rorablue) on Oct 21, 2015 at 10:45am PDT

If you reckon you can handle seeing more (brace yourself), follow Rora’s Instagram account or check out the #unsentproject hashtag. 

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Tags: Relationships