Things You Wanted to Say But Never Did

A Photographic Journal to Process Your Feelings

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Pub Date Jun 06 2023 | Archive Date Jul 21 2023

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What are the things you wanted to say but never did? Photographer and artist Geloy Concepcion asked this introspective question on Instagram and paired the responses with his provocative art. This thought-provoking guided journal full of those admissions, photos, and original writing prompts reminds us that we are not alone.

When Geloy immigrated to the United States from the Philippines, circumstances and discouragement nearly forced him to give up his passion for photography. Then he began to see people through a new lens. On a whim, he asked social media followers to tell him "things they wanted to say but never did." He paired these authentic responses with photographs—not the polished portraits, but the blurry outtakes that capture real life.

"I wish you were here to witness the person I turned out to be."

"Will I ever make it?"

"I just want to heal from the things I don't speak of."

Soon thousands of answers poured in, each one a tribute to how what makes us uniquely broken also makes us universally human. In Things You Wanted to Say But Never Did, you're invited to explore these confessions, process your own thoughts and emotions, and find renewed hope. This interactive, photographic journal includes:

  • Reflections to help you heal from losses and loneliness
  • Guidance for shifting negative emotions into patterns of positive thinking
  • Inspiration to embrace creative expression and achieve new goals?
  • Tear-away stationery featuring photos for writing notes to loved ones and strangers
  • Lined pages to record your responses to the art, explore your own feelings, or document the words you may not be ready to share


A stunning reminder of the role of art in a time of personal and global unrest, Things You Wanted to Say But Never Did shows how when we speak of our own pain, we can find and offer healing. It also makes a thoughtful gift for when someone is going through a difficult time. When we hear others' stories, we understand more deeply our own identity. And when we realize how our experiences connect us, even our silences prove we are not alone.

What are the things you wanted to say but never did? Photographer and artist Geloy Concepcion asked this introspective question on Instagram and paired the responses with his provocative art. This...

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Things You Wanted to Say But Never Did is a beautiful way to release your secrets. Comparing to other journals, I really loved the art of photography that came with this one. The prompts in Things You Wanted to Say But Never Did were also very intriguing. I feel as though it may be harder than to imagine trying to come up with "newer" ideas regarding prompts, but I felt as though this was tackled well. I would recommend!

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This book is primarily a journal filled with prompts. Some of Geloy’s photographs and writings are sprinkled throughout the book along with quotes from famous people. I will say that I was disappointed that there were not a lot of Geloy’s work and I didn’t realize that this was a journal. However, there were some great prompts.

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This is a cool book that reminds me a bit of Post Secret, except it uses the author’s own photos (inspired by messages people contributed) as prompts for journal pages. Each two page spread features a photo with scratched in words someone confessed and then an invitation to journal about questions he asks regarding the quote. Most of them are universal feelings about not belonging, missing those who have died, regrets, painful memories, etc. the photos all have the faces of the people removed so it gives a sort of anonymous, universal feeling to all of the people.

I must confess that I outgrew my need to journal long ago but it was an interesting read.

I read a temporary digital copy of this book for review.

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I received an advanced copy through Netgalley for an honest review.

This book is a photographic journal with prompts that cover topics such as loss, heart break, suicide, and future goals. It also includes quotes that are relevant to the prompt. I enjoyed the prompts related to past decisions and relationships as I've been more reflective of my twenties lately. I find this journal would be good for someone who needs to process some trauma in a private way. The photographs were interesting and I found they helped with answering the guided questions.

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