Photography program focuses on depression

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BRATTLEBORO — The Vermont Center or Photography, 49 Flat St., will offer a special program - Too Tired Project: Combatting Depression with Photography - from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. this Sunday.

The goal of the event is to bring people out from behind their computer screens and together in real life to share photography made in response to depression in order to open a dialogue about the subject and reduce associated stigma. The evening will include the following: Photographer Tara Wray of Woodstock gives an brief talk about her project, Too Tired for Sunshine; a pop-up slideshow exhibition of images collected from Instagram using the hashtag #TooTiredVermont; and a panel discussion on Art as a Therapeutic Tool. Other presenters include photographers Jonathan Schechner of Burlington and Dana Stirlin of Queens, N.Y.; and art theraphist Eli Burke of Brattleboro.

The Too Tired Project is a non-profit photographic initiative that offers a place for collective creative expression for photographers who struggle with depression. The project began after the release of founder Tara Wray's photobook "Too Tired for Sunshine" (Yoffy Press, 2018), which documented her personal experiences with depression and anxiety, illustrating the beauty, darkness, and absurdity of everyday life. Soon after the book's release photographers started contacting her to share their own work made under similar circumstances. Soon after, she realized there wasn't an outlet for people to connect around the combined topics of photography and depression, so she launched the Project on Instagram in August 2018. The Project quickly gained 16,000 followers and more than 12,000 online submissions and has recently been featured on NPR, Huff Post, and Polish Vogue. Slideshow exhibitions, which feature talks with photographers, art therapists, and relevant experts, have been held in three U.S. cities, as well as one international show at the Leica Gallery in Warsaw, Poland.

This event is supported by the Brattleboro Retreat. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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