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Photo Series Asks: What Souvenir Did You Keep From Your Ex After The Breakup?

Photo Series Asks: What Souvenir Did You Keep From Your Ex After The Breakup?
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Photographer Sam Evans-Butler and Hello Mr. magazine wants you to share the t-shirts, lighters, and other mementos that you hold onto — even after you let that special someone go.

1. After the break-up, was there anything from your ex you just couldn’t let go of? Perhaps an object you kept as a souvenir of sorts? / Via Sam Evans-Butler

2. That is the exact question the Souvenir photo project, shot and conceived by photographer Sam Evans-Butler, is attempting to explore.


This project, archiving the stories of objects men still have from their ex-boyfriends, originally appeared in an issue of Hello Mr. magazine and is now being relaunched as a larger project for Valentine’s Day. “When Sam pitched the idea to editor Ryan Fitzgibbon, the story really spoke to him because he himself had a ‘souvenir’ from his ex and felt that this was a story that would speak to a lot of people,” Assistant Editor Francisco Tirado explained to BuzzFeed News. “In these simple stories, the series explores that peculiar fondness we feel for an object, despite the not-so-fond feelings we might not have for the person associated with it.”

4. The Hello Mr. team is encouraging people to share their own souvenir stories using #YourSouvenir. The best of the best will be shared on their Instagram account.


5. Here are a few of the souvenir stories they have collected:

6. “Will, an editor, kept a flask that his ex engraved his initials on.”

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7. “Sam, snuck into his ex’s apartment after the break up to drop off a box of stuff left behind, and left with his ex’s favorite lighter. ‘I don’t know why, but I felt like I deserved it.'”

8. “Dylan, set designer. The only item that he has ever kept from a relationship was this t-shirt. They are no longer together, but the business carries on.” / Via Sam Evans-Butler

9. “Erol, small business owner, opened Kahve coffee shop with the man he was dating.” / Via Sam Evans-Butler

10. “Mark, furniture designer/builder, and his cat Amiga, who was a gift from the first guy he ever dated.”

Sam Evans-Butler / Via

11. “Matthew, DJ, got a tattoo that his boyfriend paid for to commemorate their favorite song, ‘I Found A Reason’ by Cat Power.” / Via Sam Evans-Butler

12. “Adrian, stylist, found this drawing after his partner moved out. He’s not really sure if it was intended to be mean spirited.” / Via Sam Evans-Butler

13. “Paul, painter, stole these sunglasses from his boyfriend during a messy break­up, despite the fact that he didn’t like them.”

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14. Drew, chief creative officer: “I hung on to my ex-­boyfriend’s cape. He bought it, and I stole it. Capes are my signature look now. Haha.”

15. “Jon Jon, DJ, kept this pop up card that was made for him as a gift.”

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16. “Dan, marketing, kept this framed DC Comics art even after he and his boyfriend broke up. Here, he bares it all.”

17. Post a picture of #YourSouvenir to your Instagram for a chance to be featured and win a prize from Need Supply. More info here.

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