As the project moves forward, we have done a total of five out of the twenty photo shoots that are to take place. The SAGA deadline is coming up February 1st, a grant that I hope will fund the printing of 100 books and twenty metal prints.
Already, two venues have opened up to let me share the work and launch the book, provided the funding comes in. This project is so crucial for our community right now. Spokane's suicide rate is higher than the state average, and suicide is the second highest cause of death for people aged 10-14. The more I investigate and photograph people and get close to the topic of suicide, the more open my heart is becoming to the condition people face in the wake of a suicide or after an attempt.
If you or someone you know needs help, don't hesitate to call the 24 hour National Suicide Prevention Hotline, 1 (800) 273-8255.
Here are my two favorites from the most recent photo sessions. Thank you all for your courage and sensitivity to come forward and share about something so difficult, you're my heroes/sheroes.