A few weeks ago, sat in a subterranean carriage as it wound my way home, I was privileged to witness a young, besuited, ‘average Joe,’ engrossed as he jotted this down on a notepad:
"I'm on my way back to see you.
I'm excited, and smiling like a loon on the Tube.
Smiles are so rare these days, yet I feel like I've been in a London bar that sells passion,
and I'm greedy for more..."
It totally made my day.
I felt a little guilty spying on his scribblings, but he made no effort to hide them so I do hope he didn’t mind.
I’d love to see what Brooklyn-based artist Sophie Blackhall would do with this. Her ’Missed Connections’ prints transform ‘message-in-a bottle’ classifieds messages into whimsically beautiful illustrations.
This is just one sweet example – check out her blog for more (or Etsy to purchase):
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
-m4w (L train to Manhattan)
You were reading Catch-22 on the subway this morning. I have never seen such a beautiful profile. I wanted to say hi, but then you’d turn towards me and I wouldn’t be able to look at your profile anymore. You were so into your book, I don’t think you noticed me falling in love with you. But I thought I’d ask, just in case.
Blackhall told the New York Times that her illustrations have “recurring themes of love, loss, regret and hope. Even the most grim postings have this little kernel of unflagging hope which is just so lovely and optimistic. I think that is what appeals to other people, too.”
Have you ever found a note, or stolen a snippet of a conversation, that turned your mood around, even for just a moment in time?