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THE ART OF RECOVERY SEEING FROM A NEW PERSPECTIVE

All of the photographs in the following collages were made by participants in a three-month photography workshop for people in recovery at Central City Concern in Portland, Oregon. Photographer Geoffrey Hiller took students out to make photographs in downtown and the affluent Pearl District close to where they are currently living. Dr. Kim Hoffman provided monitoring and evaluation for the project.

This project is sponsored by Pro Photo Supply , Portland , Panasonic Cameras and the US Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs.

Photographs by Amanda Wathogoma

WHAT DOES RECOVERY LOOK LIKE ?

“That’s really a complicated question. It looks different every day, from minute to minute, sometimes second to second. Right now my recovery feels like responsibility and time limits, appointments and classes, but I've noticed that sometimes it feels like peace of mind and naps”. Workshop participant
Photographs by Clint Jamie

“ Being outside and walking around taking photographs has a way of releasing chemicals in the brain that can help foster well-being. Our goal is to show that picture making can become a transformative process. " Geoffrey Hiller

Photographs by Kim Walters

WHAT DOES RECOVERY LOOK LIKE ?

“ Looks fun, looks scary. Looks insane, looks sane. It looks grateful and ungrateful. It looks like life: beautiful and ugly, good and bad “. Workshop participant
Photographs by Jeff Frazier

“ Engaging in photography is a way of communicating emotions in a safe space. This ‘freezing of time’ can provide insight into a person’s current situation “. Geoffrey Hiller

Photographs by Tom Stromer

HOW ARE PHOTOGRAPHY AND RECOVERY RELATED ?

“ Whether I feel good or not I have to try and create something otherwise I’ll miss my chance to live “. Workshop participant
Photographs by Will Stolz

“ Through the creative process we strengthen our visual skills and in essence learn a new language. The visual arts are an excellent counterpoint to verbal therapy “ . Geoffrey Hiller

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Geoffrey Hiller
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