"WHAT DOES HOPE LOOK LIKE?"

THE HOPE IS PROJECT IS A PROJECT OF CHANGE AND IMPACT FOCUSED ON THE DISCOVERY AND HARNESSING OF THE POWER OF HOPE -- VIA AN INSPIRING PHOTOGRAPHIC PROCESS. IMAGINE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.

Photographer Takako created the HOPE IS PROJECT as a way to understand the nature of Hope and inspire others to find it. Together we can inspire a global conversation about hope, collaborate to create real impact, healing and growth, and participate in meaningful change.

Takako has traveled the world, interviewing subjects and handing them a Holga camera and a roll of film, providing them with one simple instruction: photograph hope.

With the collaboration of a team of influencers, the project seeks to place cameras in the hands of many people, challenging them to share their stories and capture images embodying hope. This will capture the continuation of Takako's journey, and can become one of the largest and most influential art exhibits in history – a true partnership between art and purpose. It is a project of transformation and impact focused on the understanding, discovery, and harnessing of the power of hope through the vehicle of an inspiring photographic process.

The mission is to engage the power of photography along with a process of exploration, story-telling, and self-reflection to widely inspire hope, effect lasting and meaningful change, and contribute to growth and development in fields of social work, medicine, mental health, tolerance, rehabilitation and recovery. As we explore the nature and power of hope with scientists, mental health experts, leading spiritual figures, leaders, agencies and the world, the body of images will offer displays of hope, collaborations with those who see hope as an essential resource, and the opportunity to document the journey to educate encourage our audience to explore the nature of Hope with us.

Marc Raco: Sarah Takako Skinner is alive because of hope. Born with a rare life-threatening condition, Takako has thrived and explored the world, becoming a successful photographer of celebrities, cultures and commercialism. Her life goal—to understand the nature of hope and inspire others to find it. 

The “Holga” camera captures images in an unusual way. In a way in which only she can, Takako puts this camera in the hands of people with compelling stories of adversity and hope—outcasts, the terminally ill, the incarcerated, the heroes, the homeless and hungry, the very young, the very old—and asks them to capture images which look like hope to them. Takako documents this process using her own lens, and the larger picture and background story on video.The compelling experiment and story becomes a once-in-a-lifetime view into the human spirit through the unique stories and striking similarities of numerous participants from various cultures. They share one thing: a need to hope.

Sarah Takako Skinner: The Hope Is Project is about the search for Hope. What does Hope look like through the eyes of the struggling, for those who are fighting, the abandoned, forgotten and discriminated against? I ask them to capture what Hope is to them with the Holga camera. How does a person show what hope looks like through the metaphor of pictures. How do people perceive images knowing that each 'photographer' spent time searching and creating, even when dealing with their issues? We all have traumas. This is more than an art project—it’s personal research. Does the search for Hope bring about more Hope?