The One Project evolved from a photo series by Bryce Evans back in 2010 into a global mental health community that has had an impact around the world through campaigns, exhibitions and much more. This is the story of our community evolving through the years. Thank you for being a part of this journey and celebrating our milestones together.
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Active members have the opportunity for paid article features
Each active member has the opportunity to have their story included in an upcoming article and get paid $50 for their contribution. Check the private community for the latest opportunity. This is part of our partnership with Healthline / Teva to provide opportunities for our members to share their stories for a larger impact.
December 24, 2020
A Decade of Therapeutic Photography!
Celebrating Our 10 Year Anniversary
Our members celebrated ten years of therapeutic photography and building this community together. With almost 1,000 members in over 64 countries around the world, we are helping so many to discover the healing power of photography. Image by Trena Pearl Wall.
September 11, 2019
21 member stories were featured in an exhibition in Malaysia
Sunway University in Malaysia held an exhibition in September as part of their Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Campaign for its students. There was a special section of the gallery for The One Project members to have their stories showcased that allowed attendees to write messages to each member in response to their story. Overall, the campaign was received with overwhelmingly positive feedback and the exhibition was rated the favourite aspect of the events. We partner with organizations to provide opportunities like this for our members to share their stories for a larger impact.
July 7, 2019
1,000 Mental Health Stories
Thanks to our brand new community platform and mobile apps, it's easier than ever to share mental health stories to express insights, ask questions or get support — helping us cross a major milestone for our community and mission to build a library of insights.
June 1, 2019
Growing Our Team!
Announcing our new Community Manager, Kaye Lee
You’ll start to see Kaye more around in the community moving forward! Welcoming you, sending some support or reaching out about opportunities to get more involved with The One Project and our community.
“I’ve started using photography four years ago as a form of creative expression, but what I didn’t realize was that it was also a healing tool for me. It was a way for me to express myself when I couldn’t find the words or when I felt like I couldn’t share with anyone openly.
When I discovered The One Project, it was an instant connection. I love the combination of the three things I’m passionate about – photography, mental health and community. I believe in the healing power of human connection and through The One Project, I hope to spread love and uplift one another because we all need it.” — Kaye Lee
October 10, 2018
New Mobile Apps!
A new home for our community
One of the most requested items from our community throughout the years was to have a faster and improved way to connect online with other members, specifically mobile apps. Thanks to the help of some new systems, we launched a brand new home for our community, still private to members with everything in one place (stories, courses, events and so much more).
October 4, 2016
Featured in a Short Doc by VICE
We had the incredible opportunity to be showcased in a short documentary by VICE to talk about our community, the #StoryMeets, and how photography is therapeutic for mental health. Watch it here.
February 2, 2016
First private community goes live!
A huge moment for our community bringing the early stages of our private home online that allowed members to create a profile, share stories immediately and get support. Insights and feedback from this early version have helped inform our community and mobile apps we use today.
April 25, 2015
TEDx Talk, How Photography Saved My Life
In this emotional but uplifting talk, Bryce Evans takes us in an incredible journey in beating depression. Through the use of photography, Bryce shares how one can defeat mental illness.
April 25, 2015
Hosted our first ever #StoryMeet
#StoryMeet was a new event we hosted to bring people together out in the city (or nature) to explore, connect and share stories as a community. It’s a great opportunity to bring members together in-person and open up the conversation more outside of our digital worlds. So far, we’ve hosted these photo walks in Vancouver, B.C., Los Angeles and San Francisco. Currently, we’re working on developing our Community Leaders program to allow more #StoryMeets to happen around the world.
December 15, 2014
No longer available
Pilot episode of our podcast launches!
Our conversation evolved for about a year with our new podcast launching to dig deeper into peoples’ stories, provide you tools to use and help further the conversation on mental wellness. The podcast was eventually discontinued and is no longer available as we refocused our efforts for our community.
August 15, 2014
#EraseBullying becomes first ever LUSH campaign in UAE
Our #EraseBullying campaign was the first ever campaign to be run in the Middle East (UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait & Lebanon) by LUSH.
February 11, 2014
Over 1,500 Youth
Pop Up Exhibition and #EraseBullying Installation
We connected with hundreds of youth at the Balancing Our Minds youth summit at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C. with a pop-up exhibition of the stories we showcased in Italy last year, along with a unique installation of our interactive #EraseBullying campaign where the words were erased quickly and words of love and support were shared in place.
November 13, 2013
Represented Canada at Perugia Social Photo Fest
We exhibited and presented 10 stories of the original ‘One Project’ at Perugia Social Photo Fest in Perugia, Italy during November 2013, representing Canada in the exhibitions. Founder Bryce Evans also gave a presentation in the conference about the photos and how the series was created, including how it helped him start talking about depression and anxiety.Learn More
#EraseBullying Campaign x LUSH Cosmetics
We partnered up with LUSH Cosmetics on a campaign based on an early story of The One Project used across 200 stores in North America titled #EraseBullying. Thousands of people took part in the interactive art installation on store windows and shared their stories around bullying.
July 15, 2013
To launch for the #EraseBullying campaign and create the promotional video, we created a large scale mural recreating the original artwork and campaign concept on the facade of Beaumont Studios in Vancouver, BC.
June 20, 2013
Our debut exhibition for The One Project at MOCA Calgary
Etsy, in partnership with the Sled Island Music & Arts Festival, hosted Spaces: An Art Show at Calgary’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). In a unique contest experience, emerging artists from across Canada had the opportunity to submit their artwork to premiere at Sled Island with Bryce Evans named the winner for his series, The One Project.
March 26, 2013
Story Submissions Are Open
As we started to build our community off of the initial photo series, we developed the first iterations of our website beginning to take in story submissions from people to share them publicly. Featured photo by Chelsea Silva, one of our earliest story submissions.
August 3, 2012
Next Stop, MOMA's Walls!
Featured online by SFMOMA
Early on with the original one photo series, one of the photographs was shared on the official Tumblr blog of SFMOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art).
June 21, 2012
Over $700 raised!
Short Film Premiere and Kids Help Phone Fundraiser
A short film “one,” was created to tie in the different stories of the original one photo series into the story of one person. Huge thank you to Tim Ursuliak for the amazing work on videography. To premiere the short film, we held a fundraiser in Red Deer, Alberta for Kids Help Phone raising over $700 in ticket sales and silent auction proceeds.
January 30, 2012
The Conversation Begins!
First 10 Stories, Original One Project goes live online
After creating 10 stories that would be the very first One Project, titled one, Bryce shared it online for the first time along with the mission behind the photo series.
Original One Project being created
Inspired by the very first photo, Bryce worked to develop a story around it along with other concepts to start building the original One Project.
December 24, 2010
The First Story
One photo started it all
After a spontaneous photo that sparked a shift for Bryce Evans, a story and photography series was born that would build the therapeutic photography techniques we teach and eventually evolve into The One Project concept and community.