With generous support from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, Rancho Research Institute is proud to present the Photography as Therapy program.
In the Photography as Therapy program, individuals with spinal cord injury are learning photography as a means of creative expression and a way to channel negative emotion into something positive. Photography is an ideal tool to engage and inspire people who are struggling with their lives, as it combines instant, tangible gratification with the potential to rework an image to perfection, and then share it with others to get feedback and provoke reaction. Therapeutically, the act of creating and sharing a photograph puts the focus on the picture rather than the person, which provides a feeling of safety. In this way, the picture becomes a meaningful starting point for emotional healing and the development of more positive self-esteem.
Our program is comprised of amazing students living with spinal cord injury. We’ve given each of them a camera and asked them to show us the world through their eyes. Under the tutelage of professional photographer Michael Ziegler, the results have been astonishing. Their images are thought provoking, heart wrenching, and above all, thoroughly unique in their perspective.