“This [project] has changed my life, my marriage and my entire outlook on my illness. Your project saved me in a way I can never repay. It has sincerely been life changing and I’m forever grateful to you for it.” -Jenna
This is a 14-day therapeutic photography project for women who live with chronic pain or chronic illness. Photography can be incredibly healing for those of us with chronic pain/illness. This course takes place online in a CLOSED Facebook group. I post photo prompts, related to pain/illness, with an explanation of how to approach each topic. Past photo prompts have included: acceptance of pain/illness, gratitude, goals. You and the other participants will then take and post a photo along with a few sentences about your experience related to the topic. You are also encouraged to reflect on other participant’s photos and dialogue with others about your shared experience of living with pain/illness. The personal nature of the group quickly creates a supportive environment to share and many lasting friendships are often created. Participate as much or as little as you would like.
The project is for women only. No photography experience necessary. You only need the camera on your phone or another camera that you can upload photos to Facebook with.
NEXT SESSION: March 2018 – Registration will open in 2018.
Duration: 14 Days
Fee: By Donation
More photos from past participants on Participants’ Photography page.
“Thank you so much for creating this challenge! Words can’t express how much I enjoyed it! You did an excellent job picking the topics and facilitating the group. The topics inspired me and taught me a lot about myself and others who live with chronic pain/illness. I connected with a wonderful group of people and I’m glad this group will be posted indefinitely. Lastly, I’m looking forward to participating in more of your groups.” -Jan
“This project that’s impacted me and helped me grow during a really tough time.” -Tim
“This project gave me a safe space and structure to un-hide parts of myself and commiserate and console my self and others.
And most important, it has given me more than I can express to see all of you fighting, trying, crying, laughing, loving, savoring, despairing, sharing and living fiercely. I am not alone in that and that feels so very good.” -Dedrie
“It is making me face things I have somewhat successfully buried.” -Kimmy
“I think this group is bringing out the sparkle in all of us. Lighting each other’s candles.” – Madeline
“That’s what’s so healing about this project, is sharing with people who trust your story because it resonates with their own.”
*To maintain confidentiality some names have been changed.