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Random Strangers Share Their Biggest Regrets in Poignant Street Portraits





We all make choices and mistakes we are not so proud of that we end up living in regrets. Human as we are, those ‘what ifs’ and ‘could have beens’ have become broken pieces of what we are as a whole–imperfect.

Through her awe-inspiring photo series, Alecsandra Raluca Dragoi, a Romanian photographer taught us that it’s okay to have regrets and that we are not alone. Dragoi asked strangers about their biggest regret and their answers are raw and unfiltered for some while woeful and peculiar for others.

‘This question has given me the chance to have a profound connection between me and the interlocutor, thus managing to get into their soul and bring out a grinding they have [had] for years,’ Dragoi told MyModernMet. 

‘I think that frequently when you share your thought with somebody, even if it is [a] strange person, you release the black stain which is on the soul and you can feel free,’ she added.

Check out Dario’s photos below:


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‘What I did last night.’


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‘Not listening.’


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‘When I stole my sister’s money!’


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‘I regret I do not have more time to play.’


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‘Because I focused more on “knowing” rather than on “feeling.”‘

Dragoi’s work of art is truly dramatic and catchy as it captures real emotions from each subject. Sharing our thoughts to someone or even in written form is something everyone can relate to and what could be more liberating than for us to say what’s holding us back and say everything from the heart.


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‘Our biggest regret is that we did not move here many years ago. WE LOVE IT HERE.’


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‘I regret I could not help my child more.’


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‘I miss my lovely country…with each of my breath. <3Bangladesh.’


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‘Not being with my father when he died 15 years ago.’


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‘I regret that I am old.’


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‘Because I do not have enough courage.’


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‘No regrets!’

Credits: Hello Giggles 

You can also follow Dragoi’s website for more updates and photos  through this link.

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