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“I wonder if you heard my heart shatter when you broke it.” Project reveals the messages we wish we'd sent to our exes

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The mourning period following a break-up can last years. For many, there will always be that one person that holds a special place in your heart. For others, though, breaking up with someone can be like picking a scab – sure, it’s going to be a little raw – but oh how liberating it feels.

A Californian blogger and conceptual artist from California has taken this idea as a launching-pad for her latest photo-series, the ‘Unsent Project.’

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Artist, Rora Blue

19-year-old Rora Blue decided to ask people what they would say if they could send any text to their former lovers, without worrying about what they might say or do in response; the words unspoken.

Blue asked her followers to send her the texts that they wish they could send their exes, asking them to “state your first love’s name and type what you would say if you sent them a text message.”

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“I started the project as a way for people to connect with each other,” Blue tells Metro.co.uk.

“I feel like this is a concept that many people can relate to and I wanted to find a way to artistically represent love,” she says.

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She also asked people to send her the colour that they most associated with that person.

Over 2,000 people responded to Blue’s first post, and she printed the messages out onto the colour people had associated with their ex.

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Blue then photographed the printed messages in different scenarios which she felt fitted with the message’s theme, and uploaded them to her Instagram with the hashtag #UnsentProject.

She also creates collages of the messages in colour order – transforming 400 of them into Pantone-style collages of broken-hearts.

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“My goal was find out what colour most people see love in. As I created the collage, I was pleasantly surprised to find that love is seen in the full spectrum of colour,” she says.

“I wanted to create something that was visually appealing from a distance but emotional and meaningful up close.”

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Since starting the project, Blue has now received over 25,000 submissions.

Many of the messages sent in are deeply heart-breaking, exposing the raw emotion people feel when they think of their exes.

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Some reveal that feeling then you think you’re over someone, but deep-down, you’re not quite fixed yet:

“I was doing great but then they said your name.”

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Others expose the pain of someone who found love in someone else:

“I think the world of you and you think the world of her.”

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And others show the confusion people feel when a relationship ends:

“A year ago we stayed up till 3 am talking and today I don’t even know how to say hey.” (sic)

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But alongside the deeply sad entires Blue received, there are some triumphant messages:

“Don’t try to talk to me… I’m too busy being successful on my own.”

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Some hostile messages:

“I miss you but I hope karma fucks you up soon.”

“I gave all your stuff to Goodwill :)”

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And some hilarious:

“Your dick is so small.”

Whether you feel bitter and resentful towards your ex or if you miss them every day, Blue’s project is so touching because all of us have experienced these empotions at one time or other.

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“The collage also reveals the immense amount of people who have something left unsaid to their first love whether that person is part of their past, present, or future,” says Blue on her site.

To see all of the submissions, go to Rora Blue’s website, where you can even submit your own. 

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