The Empty Hourglass Project 

Your story matters. Your journey is important. 

Unless you're a magical unicorn-alien hybrid immune to the human experience, you most likely love and know someone whose world has been impacted by mental illness, trauma, abuse, addiction, grief, and the big S word...suicide. Or maybe that someone is you. 

The goal here with The Empty Hourglass Project is to share your story. To recognize the strength and courage it took to get where you are, to connect, and to inspire and restore hope in those who've been dealt a similar hand in life. 


TO BE PUBLISHED: A collaborative effort between models, photographers, HMUA's, set designers and more to recreate 50 personal accounts told through conceptual photography of mental illness, suicide, trauma, abuse, grief/loss, and addiction. 100% of book sales/ proceeds will be donated to 2 charities related to the topics at hand (specificities TBD). 

We're talking the full gamut here! In order to bring this to fruition and match the vision in my head, we need to implement the help of all kinds of artistes who do what they do best. Funds raised will be used to cover the cost of materials for set designs, studio rentals, payment for the amazing artists who are so generous with their time and talents, U-Haul rentals, wardrobe, props, publication costs and more. 

I realize this will not be an easy feat, but it's one that feels necessary. However you're involved, I hope you're able to take from this what you need. Be it validation, courage in the face of adversity, a swift kick in the pants to make a change in your life or just enjoyment from seeing the process unfold. 

P.S. - YOUR STORY IS NEEDED! Please feel free to send any personal accounts, drawings, poems, and music of yours to [email redacted] . Your contributions will be credited alongside its corresponding photograph (please note if you'd like your real name to be used, or if you prefer to stay anonymous. Your comfort level is important!). 

Many thanks, guys and dolls. Peace be with you. 

  • Anonymous 
    • $150 
    • 17 mos
  • Amanda Yoon 
    • $50 
    • 18 mos
  • Rebecca Ellis 
    • $65 
    • 18 mos
  • Tamara Smith 
    • $25 
    • 18 mos
  • Adam Goldman 
    • $100 
    • 18 mos
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Samantha Trionfo 
Parkville, MD