The One Project is the first photography community for depression and anxiety. We teach and promote therapeutic photography as a tool to learn, heal & grow towards becoming your most authentic self. Our techniques make it easier to explore, process and start to express the thoughts, emotions and experiences related to depression and anxiety. You will be able to learn the techniques with online courses, share your story, and connect with others to help reduce the weight and pressure of what you’re going through.
We’re not trying to be everything for everybody, but the reality is that everyone will either struggle with depression or anxiety at one point or know someone who does.
Our community is made up of people who are suffering from these issues, advocates or those who have overcome them in the past, and friends or family members that want to support or learn more about how they can support their loved ones.
All are welcome and we work hard to provide a safe and welcoming community!
Therapeutic photography involves taking, analyzing and using photos for the purpose of personal healing, growth, or understanding, whether done consciously or unconsciously. By actively constructing, analyzing and reflecting on photographs, you are able to learn more about yourself and how you see the world.
People are using therapeutic photography techniques to help themselves and others overcome depression, anxiety, chronic pain and much more.
It started with Bryce’s story, creating his own set of techniques to express, understand and eventually overcome severe depression and anxiety. As the project evolved, it became clear that more people could benefit from these photography and storytelling techniques and that alternative outlets were needed to help develop the conversation and our understanding of mental health. With no central location or hub connecting all of these stories, The One Project’s online platform was established to help teach therapeutic photography, educate people on the techniques through online courses and connect you with others who understand what you’re going through.
You can watch Bryce’s TEDx talk to learn more about his story and the origins of The One Project.
The One Project is a social enterprise registered under The One Project Education Inc. and while we often partner with mental health charities and organizations, we plan to create a charitable arm in the future to help expand our impact.
We strongly believe in allowing access to everyone at The One Project. But it takes hundreds of hours a month and thousands of dollars to sustain. In order to provide you with the best media, tools, and online platform, we rely on the generous support of members like you through donations, as well as selling additional products and services.
All money contributed through our memberships and one-time donations goes towards covering our operating expenses and development costs for new features, tools and resources (the majority of which is free for everyone). If you can afford to contribute, and find value in what we do, we greatly appreciate your generosity.
If not, we believe strongly that value is not just financial and hope you will help support The One Project in other ways (ex. referring friends, contributing stories and being an active member of the community).
Yes! We are proudly a global, open and welcoming community with members in over 100 countries.
Therapeutic Photography Techniques
No! It’s about the act of taking photos and using it as non-verbal communication, not the technical or artistic aspects of photography.
A story consists of 3 simple elements: a photo, title and creative writing (usually around 3 to 5 sentences long).
While this is our standard when teaching and discussing our techniques, we want to allow creative freedom to those who may want to write much more for their stories.
Your stories do not need to be very personal or explicit with details about you or your life, they can start out simple (and purposely vague). It’s up to you and what you’re comfortable with. Also, your photos do not need to be technically accurate, beautiful or taken with a fancy camera. It’s about using photos as a way of communicating, not as art.
The most important part is that you take that first step and just start. We are a supportive community and you will not be judged.
Managing Your Account
When creating an account for our private online platform, you’ll need to create both a username and Display Name. If you’d prefer, you do not have to provide your given name in either of them for more privacy when sharing your stories.
Please note that you will need to create a new, separate account for our online courses. You are able to choose the same username as our platform, if available.
If you already have another account for our courses, please use the “Forgot Password” option before contacting us. After, if you’re still having issues please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everything on our online platform and courses is private, yours, and available to members only. By default, no one can access anything you share on our platform without being an active member that is logged in.
You also have the choice to create a username, rather than using your name to further protect your identity.
We never share any content unless first getting your express permission to do so, as your privacy and safety is our number one concern. ❤