My world broke on July 4, 2011. My dad – the most important person in the world to me – died suddenly on that day. He was my mentor, my friend, my spiritual teacher. And he was gone forever.
Books didn’t help me understand the depth of my grief. People didn’t know how to approach or support me. In order to deal with loss, I needed to find my own way of coping.
By documenting my emotional journey through vivid photography, I found my way of healing and The Ashes Project (TAP) was born. In sharing my journey with the world, people opened up about how they dealt with and overcame loss, and I learned I was not alone.
TAPIN takes this experiment one step further, empowering others to expose their fears and own their emotional journeys, examining each feeling's intricacies and lessons one by one. I know first-hand the freedom that comes from tapping in and really sitting with each emotion, resisting the urge to shy away.
TAPIN's mission is to help the world become a more emotionally connected place. TAPIN attempts to expose emotions once and for all, collectively stand to face them and courageously take action to feel through them. TAPIN is about owning our emotional freedom, creating art in the process.
- Anne Koller, Founder of The Ashes Project and Creator of TAPIN