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Photography saved my life...There was a time in my life when I was extremely lonely. Anxiety would numb my body and break ties between my mind and vocal cords. An endless loop brought me down a dark path, and I fell deep into depression. I lived out every alternative in my head, worried about what could be. I lost precious time and I lost myself... That is when I found photography. Always searching for the answer in others, I realized it was within me the entire time. The One Project began as a journal of creative expression, a visual notebook of my thoughts and feelings hidden out of view. Photography gave me a voice and I found a way to talk about this dark time in my life. By taking photos of the people in my life and combining our stories, I was able to shine light on the darkness and provoke thoughts in myself and others. The thoughts turned to words and a conversation began.
"FIND THAT LIGHT INSIDE OF YOU, LET IT SHINE, AND SHARE IT WITH OTHERS."
We hold on to these thoughts, emotions, and experiences burying them deep inside, suppressing them, and numbing ourselves with drugs, alcohol, and media. We can no longer be left with our thoughts as they scream out to us to be expressed—we lose ourselves—but there is a light that shines within us all. Find that light inside of you, let it shine, and share it with others. Most people are willing to open up and reveal the fact that they deal with the same struggles; you just need to be the one to take the first step.
Founder of The One Project