A deeper meaning than doodles.
I downloaded Snapchat autumn 2014 and sat later that day in an airport waiting for a delayed flight. It`s strange with planes, it seems like they are always delayed when you are traveling. I`m in the the waiting room checking out the app Snapchat. You can take pictures, film, draw and add text. You can share the image or movie with friends for 10 seconds or 24 hours. That`s the beauty of it. You share daily moments that disappear forever. I got recommended to the app Snapchat by a friend and had at that time a total of 10 people in my friends list.
«Little did I know that in the next five minutes would be the start of something special»
As Graphic Illustrator I have a very vivid imagination. Many creative ideas through out a whole day. I breathe and live for creativity and always attempt to come up with new ideas and to see things differently. I always have with me a little notebook to write down any thoughts or ideas. In this way the ideas can grow in my book for later usage.
So, let`s get back to the airport part of the story. Just above me in the waiting room is a business man sitting reading his newspaper. He sighs deeply and sits restlessly. You can clearly see at the body language this man is very tired of waiting for the delayed flight. We often wait for things, whether it is an appointment or that we stand in a queue for something. Some of us feel like we wait all our lives. I bury my head down in my phone again checking out some more features in Snapchat. The man sighs deeply again. In my head I’m thinking this man really wants to be somewhere else. The combination of seeing this person restless and me exploring Snapchat gives me an idea. What if I can make this man to be somewhere else?
«While the person is reading his newspaper I take a sneek picture of him»
He is to busy reading his paper to notice. On my cell phone is an image of a unsuspecting person reading his paper. I study the image for a few seconds and start drawing on it. Five minutes later the person on the image is no longer reading his newspaper, he is now on a epic journey to the moon in a rocket!
I`m sending the image to the few friends I have added in Snapchat and the feedback is overwhelming. I’ve hit something special that makes people laugh and smile.
«I have taken an ordinary and boring picture of a stranger and given it a new story»
If I could make 10 friends in Snapchat inspired and feel good. What would happend if I try it on the world? Just to bring a smile on someones face can mean so much to them. It actually might be the difference between a good day or a bad. Even if it is just for a single moment. If you see a person that looks sad then try to give them your smile. I`ll bet that person will remember your smile for the rest of the day. With this in the back of my mind I created the alias Geeohsnap and The Random People project was born with only one mission. To make more people happy.
My project and stories got so popular they went viral. Today I have around 50000 daily viewers in Snapchat and I get hundreds of new followers every day. I also get hundreds, if not thousand daily images and messages from people who share their moments and smiles with me.
«I get messages every day from people who writes how much I mean to them, how I inspire them and how I even helped them…»
If only one smile caused people to lift their heads up and think more positively for a single moment, then it is all worth my effort of doing this. The feedback and messages from my followers is what makes me strive to work even harder with what I do. Actually, in Snapchat no one has followers. One has friends. And with so many friends from all over the world, it is not hard for me to smile from time to time of all the amazing moments and stories you share with me. Snapchat for me is all about making friends and sharing moments that will have an impact or at least bring a smile to a friend.
In this screenshot from my chatlog in Snapchat you can clearly see the kind of impact you can have on some people.
The smallest things can mean so much for people. It can actually be their highlight of the day. Sadly many people are just busy with their own lives. They dont think they have the time. They dont think they can make an impact. What if i say you can make an impact! Starting today! The secret is that it dont cost you much to talk to someone for a few minutes, give them your smile or just show them you care. Even if it is just for a single moment, because that moment can mean everything in the world to this person on that specific day.
«Always keep smiling» – Geeohsnap
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