A Project: My History Of Sadness


Have you searched for photos tagged with 'happy' and 'sad'? While there are 54419 photos with 'happy', there are only 6984 with 'sad'. That is because we all like to share our happy moments. Maybe you've already heard it or you've just heard it now. This is the first line of a project I made. If you want to see the project, and learn more about the story behind the idea, keep reading.

Credits: ezgeey

It all began with just another Monday morning. I got up really early to go to school. I walked to school and entered the class. It was an obligatory class for me and there were no seats available. There was no space to sit in class at all. I got really upset and left. Then I saw one of my favorite teachers in the university, going to the class next to mine. It was a sociology class that I already took before but I wanted to enter the class anyway, and found a seat at the back.

His lecture was about Emile Durkheim’s ‘Suicide’. Then he asked the class, ‘Are you happy with your lives? What makes you sad?’ People started to utter some words, events that made them sad. Then I remembered the movie Beginners by Mike Mills. There is a graphic artist Oliver Fields who draws The History of Sadness.

As he was lecturing, I began to think about my own history of sadness, and I drew it. The guy sitting next to me was a little nervous. ‘You keep taking notes, oh my god, should I take that many notes in this class? Should I?’ ‘Yes, you should, but this is for something else.’ I said. It was fun.

Two days after that class, I had a copywriting course. We got our first assignment. We had to make a campaign and it should be something personal. I decided to make something about me and others. I had something personal in my hands, but I wanted to hear about other people. The rest is in the video:

✘ Youtube: http://youtube.com/watch?v=NHtqZboLgFs

Although the video campaign is a class assignment, my project is real. I want to collect your history of sadness. If it is possible. Send stories, photos, pictures, drawings, videos or anything you can think of related to your history of sadness to icollectmoments@yahoo.com.
All the photos* in this video are analogue and were taken by me and some lomoghraphers around here:
bluedust_05, strangelilgirl filby lisi superlighter ryszard70 jazzi robertafioravanzo benmartin istionjr tcamfid marissa hellaalleh hinzn superclochette nation-of-pomation kobehasanidea theoclunk falsedigital benwithpen herk bananaayokimoto falsedigital bebopbebop warning hanibale shiseiten ariannapaloma natalieerachel patorayado lilario cinzinc rachelcooties z vici 627668 noe_arteaga saturedcamtar cmy agung_achmad el_gomex werriston vtayeh kaelcat rake barakalofi nally cohetesnaranjas takezzo anafaro mikahsupageek mikeman85 blinghaha jprswim deprofundis reneg88 life_on_mars avocado-in-a-world-of-cucumbers bloomchen i-ex twizzer88 lauren10ashlee jillpossible abcdefuck susielomowitz breakphreak izaiza meryl jasiehasie brokenglasses tagliatele_la_testa caseysherman == k_melancholy== dazedwallflower caroni c0pe primula claudi1007 snailish mirco caroni cyan-shine claudi1007

I hope I didn’t forget anyone else! Thank you all for great shots!

*I hope you don’t mind that I used the photos without asking the right to use, but I wasn’t planning to share the video while I was making it. Everything happened all of a sudden, I couldn’t help it. And I thought if someone uses my photos for a project I’d be very happy. I hope you’ll be happy too.:)

written by ezgeey on 2012-10-25 in #lifestyle #analogue #moments #memories #inspirational #lifestyle #history-of-sadness #mike-mills #my-history-of-sadness


  1. dollymixture
    dollymixture ·

    I love this idea and project. Email sent : )

  2. ezgeey
    ezgeey ·

    "@dolymixture":/homes/dollymixture thank you so much, that means a lot! :)

  3. ezgeey
    ezgeey ·

    if only i could make it, obviously i don't know how to mention :P @dollymixture

  4. ezgeey
  5. vici
    vici ·


  6. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    great use of our pictures, I really like the project. It make me think a lot to my moment of sadness.

  7. dollymixture
    dollymixture ·

    @ezgeey Your welcome : )

  8. twizzer88
    twizzer88 ·

    Really like the project. I hadn't really thought about the sad photos on here before.

  9. filby
    filby ·

    Really well done :)

  10. tagliatele_la_testa
    tagliatele_la_testa ·

    great work! honored!

  11. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    it's a great project! :) Will send in mine when im free. :D

  12. istionojr
    istionojr ·

    really great project!
    I'll send it when I'm free, bookmarked it.

  13. nally
    nally ·

    I love this! Thank you for using my photo :0) And good luck with the project - great idea!

  14. takezzo
    takezzo ·

    thanks for sharing your idea and beautiful project. i'm very much honored to be a part.

  15. mikeman85
    mikeman85 ·

    Thank you for letting one of my photos be part of your project. So glad you showed me too!

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