Our campaign has ended, but you can still donate here. We will honor our perk packages on donations made until November 1, 2013.
What Is The One Project?
Let's help people tell their stories, empower themselves, and inspire others to do the same.
My name is Bryce Evans and photography saved my life. There was a time in my life when I was extremely lonely and depressed, but when I found photography — I found my voice and a way to talk about this dark time in my life. I began to see how this could not only change my life, but help others do the same for themselves — this is The One Project.
The One Project is an online collaborative community to inspire people out of depression and into their dreams by revealing the misconceptions of loneliness through media and interaction.
(Bridges, One + Quote Design by Nicholas Yee. The Lavish Facade by Bryce Evans.)
We have told 26 stories, created a short film, a promotional video, exhibited a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Calgary for the Sled Island Music Festival, and partnered with LUSH Cosmetics to create a brave international anti-bullying campaign titled "Erase Bullying" that empowered people to overcome past experiences with bullying and speak up to tell their stories.
"What I went through was hard. People who say words don't hurt are wrong. I remember a petition going around on whether or not people liked me. I remember nasty notes in my locker everyday. I remember being tripped so much in the school hallways that my toenails started falling off from the repeated beating. Looking at this mural, I feel mixed emotions. The words there are real, and that's what makes it so powerful, kids are walking into school this week having to deal with it. But the heart of the campaign honors the seriousness of the subject while also offering empowerment to the individual. The power to erase the words is literally in their hands. And that's what we need, more people to stand up and take matters into their own hands and this campaign really captures that."
ANGELIKA MATSON, UNIVERSITY STUDENT, EDMONTON, AB, CANADA
(Control, One + Quote Design by Nicholas Yee. Virtual Reality by Bryce Evans)
Let's Do This Together!
The Perugia Social Photo Fest (PSPF) is the first of its kind to bring together the top international organizations, artists, and experts in the field of social and therapeutic photography and this will be its second year.
The One Project has been invited to represent Canada in the exhibitions and present at the conference, but we need your help to get there. This is a wonderful opportunity to tell our stories and bring awareness on a global platform, but we lack the resources for travel and production of exhibition materials.
PSPF takes place in Perugia, Italy from November 15 - 24, 2013. For us to make it there, we'd like to raise $12,000 by September 30th, 2013.
Where The Money Will Go:
- Printing and mounting of fifteen 22.5" x 30" photographs (Lightjet print transmounted on dibond from ABC Photo) ~ $4,200 or $280 per photo
- Crate (30.5" W x 23" D x 15.5"H & 6.3 cu. ft. — est. 42lbs before photos) ~ $280
- Shipping (both ways using International Economy from FedEx based on our crate size and approximate weight of crate with the 15 photos) ~ $2,200
- Travel ~ $1,800
- A place to stay ~ $1,600
- Food for nourishment ~ $1,300
- Other campaign/perk expenses (shipping, packing, etc.) ~ $600
Mementos Of How You Helped:
***Please note: Each perk includes all of the perks above (ex. $250 includes $100, $50, $25, + $1 level perks).
Update: Each perk (starting at $25 You've Got Mail) will receive an "Erase Bullying" button in their package!
In The Case That We Don't Make Our Goal:
Our first priority is to get the artwork to Italy and depending on the amount raised we will downscale to make it happen. At the current $2500, we would be able to either produce smaller photos, or fewer of the same size, and ship them to Italy for the exhibition.
Additional Funds Raised:
If we raise more than our goal, the money will first go towards operations expenses of The One Project (ex. domain and hosting, Vimeo plus account, etc.). Then, it will help to fund future projects, such as a community sourced resources page.
(Peace, One + Quote Design by Nicholas Yee. Back To One by Bryce Evans)
Here's How You Will Be Making A Difference:
- We can tell the story of The One Project and how it is empowering Canadians to inspire people from all over the world.
- We will have the opportunity to meet, build relationships with, and learn from the top international organizations, artists, and experts in the field of social and therapeutic photography, and apply their valuable advice to improve The One Project and its positive impact.
- We will be documenting the reactions, insights, and conversations at the exhibition to be used for obtaining future partnerships, sponsorships, and developing resources for the Project.
- The printed and mounted photographs from the exhibition will be used for future exhibitions and displays — furthering the impact of your contribution for many years past PSPF 2013.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you aren't able to contribute money — trust us, we understand — please donate your voice. We also understand the power of social media and word-of-mouth.
- Help by sharing this campaign with a personal message of what it means to you on Facebook, Twitter, other social media, or email!
- Know someone who would be interested in what we are doing? Please share our story!
- The Indiegogo share tools on this site (above) can help get the word out!
Thank you for all of your love and support!
How We've Already Made An Impact (Testimonials)
"This summer I participated in the Erase Bullying Mural for The One Project. I was very surprised by my emotional reactions to this event. The morning of the event I experienced mild anxiety that transformed into a panic attack by the time that my partner Kevin and I arrived at the mural site. I felt sick to my stomach as I watched the bullying words of the mural being erased and then erased some of the words myself. As a child and teenager I was bullied in school: some of the words I saw written on the wall had been leveled at me when I was a closeted gay boy. It was powerful to see those horrible words – words that I had been called and had been scrawled on my notebooks – written at a large scale on the face of a building in broad daylight. Old feelings of shame resurfaced – feelings that I hadn’t felt or had closeted away for many years.
I had the opportunity to be interviewed by the videographer for the event and this was a great experience: I was allowed the opportunity to talk publicly about my bullying experiences, ones that for many years I had bore in silence. What release and empowerment I felt. What did I learn from this event? I need to speak up and talk about my experiences and get that bullying demon out of the closet."LEON PHILLIPS, AGE 49, OUT AND NO LONGER BULLIED GAY MAN
“Bryce states, “Photography saved my life,” and I believe that both his own individual process — and the resulting interactive website for The One Project he designed so that others can now do the same for themselves also — are excellent examples of the power of Therapeutic Photography to help people explore their own situations photographically and find hope and healing as a result.
”Photography can be a very powerful means of confronting problems and providing a way to overcome and survive them. Bryce Evans has started a vital conversation, using photography as his language for activating that dialogue.”
JUDY WEISER, R.PSYCH., A.T.R., FOUNDER/DIRECTOR OF THE PHOTOTHERAPY CENTRE
Updates To Answer FAQ
- Our main involvement in Perugia Social Photo Fest will be a 10-day exhibition including 15 photographs (stories) from The One Project. Our exhibition will be among over 30 other exhibitions organized by theme or cause that will have guided tours. We are also in the process of seeing if we can organize our own specific exhibition tour with recording the interactions. The photographs will be used for future exhibitions as well, increasing the value of your investment long past this opportunity. The photographs chosen for the exhibition can be found in the gallery section above.
- What makes The One Project unique is that we do not raise awareness and end there, we aim to get people thinking and then get people talking. We want awareness and action. The biggest aspect of our exhibitions is not the photos, but the interaction and recorded interviews with people reacting to the photos. This is why I need to be at the festival: to facilitate and record the interviews, communicate many ways of how people have already taken action through The One Project, present at the conference, and learn from all of the other artists, organizations, and experts in this field. We have been allotted a 20 minute time slot for presenting The One Project at the conference, which is a huge opportunity (and is not provided to all projects/artists exhibiting) to fully communicate our Project, community, and mission! I will be in Perugia from November 10th until November 30th to help set up and take down the festival as well, as it is completely run by volunteers.
- From our experience with our debut exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Calgary, we know that ~20" x 30" is one of the best viewing sizes for these photographs. We cannot use the photos from that exhibition as they are not mounted and would end up costing more to get them mounted, rather than reprinting and mounting all at once (ABC Photo). We have chosen the most common and adaptable mounting system, as well as a dibond backing, which is light and extremely durable making the photographs universal for hanging, cheaper for shipping, and still strong enough to last through many exhibitions.
- The reason our campaign ends on September 30 and our shipping cost is so high is we don't have a lot of time. You have to wait approximately 2 weeks after your campaign ends to get your money from Indiegogo, which we need to pay to print the photos. Another 2 weeks to print the photos (to be safe, possible reprints, etc.), leaving us with 2 weeks left before the photos need to be in Perugia to be hung. Then, shipping via FedEx Economy takes approximately 6 days for them to get to the destination. The 8 days left are a small cushion for delays.
- I have invested countless hours (over 100 hours in just creating the 15 photos for this exhibition, social media, meetings, etc.) and a lot of money (domain and web hosting, vimeo plus account, materials and equipment expenses, etc.) into The One Project to get it to this point and unfortunately this opportunity came at a time when I cannot afford it. I am not asking for a vacation and lavish meals, I am simply asking for the ability to make the most of this opportunity for The One Project while still being able to have a place to sleep and food to eat. The budget was created from research on a student or modest travellers' budget in Italy, but I will not be staying at a hostel as I will have my computer and camera with me (my life).
- By donating and helping the Project move forward, you are helping to support all of the talented artists who have donated their time and talents to this community and cause so far, including Jamieson De Guzman (Cinematographer), Peter Conradi (Director), Nicholas Yee (Designer), Sophia Ahamed (Designer), and myself (Founder and Lead Artist/Photographer).