Our Story
Every 68 Seconds Project is the brainchild of artist and model Samantha Dallett and photographer Brian Fry. This is how we began.
an artist & model...
Samantha (@sam_dallett) graduated high school in 2013, and eagerly accepted an athletic scholarship to Jacksonville University to row on the Women’s Crew team. In that first semester, Samantha not only encountered her second sexual assault, she also began to lose many parts of herself. She no longer found joy or friendship in a sport that had previously consumed her life. She no longer trusted her judgment of people. Losing her sense of self and struggling to survive each day, Samantha developed codependencies, addictions, and other habits. After Christmas break, Samantha quit the crew team, changed her major, and decided to pursue her love for art.

Over the next 5 years, Samantha navigated two more universities, moving/changing states, living in a religious household, and falling in love with the man who’d later join her list of offenders. She learned many ways to suppress this dirty shame and all her new toxicities. She became a beautiful face with an ugly soul and a dark past.

By 2018, Samantha moved back to Jacksonville, this time attending the University of North Florida. Excited be back in Jax, she was also aware that she’d be re-entering an environment that enabled and sustained some of her worst habits. What she didn’t realize was the role she played in the repeating cycle of abuse she was perpetuating for herself. Jacksonville became home to more assaults, harassment, and her rape.

Throughout many of her experiences, Samantha found moments to confide in her female friends, teammates, and sisters. Though they offered what they could, Samantha was often left alone to process and heal – that was until professors at UNF encouraged her to conceptualize her art and tell her story.

It was a pivotal moment – a breakthrough – as Samantha discovered art in a new therapeutic way. And with that, she granted herself permission to not only share her truths, but to break the cycle.
and a photographer
Self-taught, Brian (@brianfry.photography.2) began photographing people over 20 years ago. He enjoys portraiture and figure work, embracing a reactive shooting style. With reactive shooting, the photographer goes into a session with only a loose concept of what they want to create. The direction a session takes develops largely from the energy and interactions between the subject and photographer. In other words, how they "vibe" together. Their time often involves discussions about a variety of topics, getting to know the subject and what makes them tick.

It didn't take long for Brian to notice a recurring, dark storyline in conversations with models. It was a subject that had also come up in other relationships with friends and romantic partners. Namely, the frequency with which women experienced sexual assault and violence. Very often, they had multiple experiences beginning at a young age. Unfortunately, this was something Brian could relate to.

Brian experienced his own sexual assault at the age of 15. For more than a year, a teacher and his husband – two men both more than 30 years older – targeted, isolated, and groomed Brian, culminating in the assault. Now in his 50s, Brian had only ever disclosed his sexual assault to a very few people in his life – his then wife and a psychiatrist. Brian spent his entire adult life feeling ashamed, embarrassed, and blaming himself for "letting it happen."

Now, empathetically listening to friends, girlfriends, and models recount their own horrific experiences in detail, Brian identified with the pain, depression, and guilt they described. It was remarkable, he thought, how many people had similar experiences. But, certainly not everyone was so forthcoming about their past. Many of these people he had just met. Clearly, the true number of victims had to be even greater. In fact, the national statistics are mind-numbing. Over 400,000 sexual assaults every year... just in the United States. Yet, it was a problem that no one was talking about.

Like many survivors, Brian had been afraid to disclose these childhood experiences. Would people blame him? Would he be believed? At one point when he disclosed to his psychiatrist, the response was, "well, you must have wanted it." This was exactly the response he feared most and the reason he hadn't shared his story sooner. If that was the response of his psychiatrist, what would other people say? It had been more than 30 years, struggling to suppress the memories. Why would he expose this very personal vulnerability now?

Brian carried a lot of guilt for all those years. He knew he couldn't be the only victim. The teacher had a career of more than 30-years as educator, mentor, and coach to thousands of high school students. How many other victims had suffered just because Brian was afraid to tell anyone? The silence of shame is exactly what sexual predators rely on to continue preying on new victims.

"You must have wanted it."

an unlikely friendship
In March 2020, COVID was in full force, and Instagram was more popular than ever. Having recently resumed photography as a hobby, Brian was looking for local models to work with. One day, @sam_dallett scrolled across his Instagram feed. The two began working together in early 2021. Before long, they realized they shared more than just a passion for photography.

As the two artists spent time together working on photography projects Samantha's passion was evident in her artwork and their discussions.
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