Frank Warren’s Post Secret phenomena started in 2003, with a trip to Paris and a dream. I mean a real dream – he bought some postcards and later dreamt about them being written with cryptic messages, like “unrecognized evidence, from forgotten journeys, unknowingly rediscovered.”
Warren then went on to start the “reluctant oracle” project, pieces of art with messages tucked into bottles and set adrift on Maryland’s Clopper Lake. The last message, “You will find your answers in the secrets of others,” inspired Post Secret.
With Post Secret, people send Warren their deepest, darkest secrets in the form of anonymous postcard art. Sometimes they’re quirky and funny, but often they’re heartbreaking and shocking. Each one is a unique glimpse into the private world of somebody else, the most intimate details of our lives revealed.