I’ve had a project in the works.
It’s called ‘Anonymous Confessions’.
Essentially, I have a tent and in this case, the Confessional Tent. In which participants, reveal something that they’ve kept to themselves by recording confessions.
I had been planning this for a while but finally took it out into the public view.
Devising a plan was pretty simple. Set up the tent, stay there all day and try aim to have people record their confessions.
I started at 9:30 in the morning, staying the whole day next to my Confessional Tent like a needy child.
It was worthwhile though. I was quite apprehensive about it all. Perhaps also the fact I wouldn’t pee until about 6pm that night!
Anyway, it was a fun day. I met so many incredible people. Most reactions from strangers were positive saying how they really liked the idea.
This boosted my confidence in the whole project. Especially coming from the least likely people. In total I had 14 recordings.
My goal was 20 but perhaps that was a bit ambitious.
I did have one guy approach me and said I didn’t give enough information. “If I’m just walking passed that and I see ‘Confessional Tent’ I would run for the hills,’ he said.
I understood his feedback and that’s fine. He is entitled to his opinion. But then I replied “I understand that, but now that you saw my poster. You’ve actually come up to me,” I added. I then went into detail about how I had formulated the idea.
Once he heard it he looked at me and said “Okay, yeah now I like the idea.”
I also included additional questions to help (Okay I didn’t know that the tent would have slots for this but how awesome) if people were stuck on what to say.
This seemed to really work as most people would begin to say they didn’t have anything to confess. I would then just place other questions in their hands and it seemed to spark something.
Along with little thank you notes, I had lollies to give them once they were finished. Just a nice sweet touch to say thanks for their participation.
Honestly, this idea was sparked from my love of connection, people and sharing stories.
I’m hoping to continue this project and see where it takes me!
It’s just fascinating to see ideas become reality when you start from the drawing board to sitting on a crate for more than 8 hours talking to strangers in a park.