Addict Out of the Dark and into the Light
Addict Out of the Dark and into the Light I wanted to get the message out that any addict could get clean; stop using drugs and find a new way to live. Most every one was enthusiastic. I asked them to share about the horrors of their life and how wonderful their lives are today. In the spirit of recovery each contributor exemplified this selfless effort of helping other addicts find and achieve recovery. Each participant responded because they wanted to help and be a part of the solution rather than the problem. They understood that what they were doing would help alleviate the pain and suffering of addicts and those close to addicts by being exposed to this work. My motive was to bring to light the love and truth about the feelings of addicts and the recovery revolution that is going on right now. Christopher Keeley
Keeley´s photographs, which deal with the many facets of obsession, speak to the internal search many individuals undergo during the lifelong quest for meaning and self-awareness.
Capturing pain, longing, torment, despair, hope, and love within the faces and forms of his images, Keeley draws on his own inner obsessive quest for knowledge as inspiration.
His images are unsympathetic, and communicate the inner emotional trauma of the homeless, the addicted, and of the lonely, as well as pride and the strength of human bonding experienced by addicts in recovery. By revealing the essence of his subjects, the works magnify with often unsettling clarity the pain of discovery, joy of friendships born of pain, or turmoil of new journeys that resound within each person. Through these poignant images he challenges the viewer to look within one´s own heart, to question, affirm, accept, or reject, leaving one with valuable insights into our own places in humanity. Kimberley Taylor
Chris Keeley is a friend of mine. I have always looked to Chris as having the inclination and courage to capture his unique perception of reality with the shutter of his camera. Somehow, he goes ahead and does it. In 1987 when this work of art was started, I heard of this book from the years it took Chris to put it together. In my own experience, I had an interest in encouraging and helping bring to light the love and truth about the feelings of addicts and the recovery revolution that is going on right now. There is a genuine movement in the underground culture of drug addiction towards health, recovery and spiritual growth. Chris went to each person participating in this work and asked if they would help. Each one responded because they wanted to help.
Initially, the photos in this book were to be exclusively nudes for the shock value and to set the reader in the intimate, touching frame of mind required to reach with the heart as well as the mind. Some of the participants balked at this and so allowances were made and Chris decided that even the form of having all subjects nude would just be another conformity.
There is no final answer to addiction. With time a human being learns how much of life is real and how much is supposition. Personal truth at the level of daily living is the way out of this labyrinth. A snapshot can contain unintended truth. This book is a collection of photographic snapshots, along with written snapshots are in the form of verbatim transcripts. The participants were taped at the same time the photos were taken. The resulting composition is a picture at odds with prevailing perspectives on addiction and towards addicts.
The darkness is the overlay of myth, fear and superstition that surround addicts and their disease. Addiction is the disease of lies hiding in darkness that allows the simple elements of need, deprivation and extremism to build and combine into seemingly insolvable obstacles. The truth is much simpler.
The dark is a place of fear in much of the world. It s
Christopher Keeley, MSW, LICSW
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Chris Keeley "Keeley´s photographs, which deal with
the many facets of obsession, speak to the
internal search many individuals undergo
during the lifelong quest for meaning and
Capturing pain, longing, torment, despair,
hope, and love within the faces and forms
of his images, Keeley draws on his own
inner obsessive quest for knowledge as
inspiration. His images are unsympathetic,
and communicate the inner emotional
trauma of the homeless, the addicted,
and of the lonely, as well as pride and the
strength of human bonding experienced by
addicts in recovery. By revealing the
essence of his subjects, the works
magnify with often unsettling clarity
the pain of discovery, joy of friendships
born of pain, or turmoil of new journeys
that resound within each person. Through
these poignant images he challenges the
viewer to look within one´s own heart,
to question, affirm, accept, or reject,
leaving one with valuable insights into
our own places in humanity."
November 1997 - Current Employment
The Child and Family Services Agency Supervisor
May 1997 - August 1997
Hope Village , Inc. Justice Program 2850 Langston Place, S.E. Washington , DC 20020
Case Manager and Vocational Rehab Counselor
The Office of National Drug Control Policy CSR Research Group 1400 Eye Street , N.W., Suite 200 Washington , DC 20005
Consultant and Group Moderator
September 1996 - May 1997
The Psychiatric Institute of Washington 4228 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016
( 202 ) 965 - 8550
September 1995 - May 1996
Community for Creative Non-Violence 425 Second Street, NW Washington , D.C. 20001
( 202 ) 393. 1909
December 1988 - June 1995
T.H.E. Washington Counseling Center 2850 Connecticut Ave., NW , Washington D.C. 20008 USA
( 202 ) 955 . 5555
1993 - 1995 ...... Senior Counselor
1991 - 1993 ... Counselor , Clinical Director
1989 - 1991 ... Office Manager , Counselor
1988 -1989 ... Office Manager
July 1985 - 1988
Visual Strategy Group 10 th street N.E. Washington D.C.
August 1983 - September 1984
Hugo´s Natural Foods Livingston st., N.W. Washington, D.C.
February - 1981 - March 1982
Touch The Wild Hwange National Park , Zimbabwe
Master of Social Work Degree, National Catholic School of Social Service, Washington, DC, 1997.
Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Photography, The Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC, 1988.
Exhibitions One Person Exhibits
Sifnos Dreamtime, Kastro School, Sifnos Island, Greece, August 2003.
Landscapes, Sparkys Expresso Bar, Washington DC, March 2001.
Cycladic Light , Artists´ Museum, Washington, DC, December 1999.
Portraits , Utopia bar and grill / art & eat , Washington , DC, May 1998.
Powerless Homeless , National Coalition for the Homeless Web site - http://nationalhomeless.org/ , April 1997 . Traveling Slide Show and Video .
Zonezero , 16 Portraits permanently in cyberspace - Web site - http: //zonezero.com/exposiciones/fotografos/keeley/, February 1996.
Spinart , 20 Photographs , The Little Hunt , Washington , DC , June 1996
Funks Democratic Coffee Spot , Baltimore , MD., August 1995 .
Cycladic Spiritual Space-Churches , Icons and Pigeon Houses, The Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, Washington , DC , September-November 1993.
Addict Out of the Dark and Into the Light , International Herald Tribune , Paris, France , May 1993. Broad Spectrum, Griswald´s, Washington DC, January-February 1993.
Powerless Homeless, Cannon Rotunda on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, October 1990.
Addict Out of the Dark and Into the Light , Pierides Foundation Museum and Gallery , Athens, Greece, March-April 1989.
Exhibition of Photographs at Pierce College Open House, The American College of Greece , Athens, Greece, April 1988.
Exhibition of Photographs by the American Cultural Center of Thessaloniki , at the Armed Forces Exhibit Hall , Thessaloniki, Greece, March 1988.
Anonymous Connections , Cultural Center of the City of Athens, Greece, January 1988. Love Festival, Javarama Coffeehouse , Washington, DC, April 1987.
Dangerous Living , Javarama Coffeehouse, Washington, DC, December 1986.
Art-O-Matic, 2004, National Children´s Museum, 16 Portraits, November 2004.
IN PROCESS: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the BFA Program, The Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C., January 2003.
Art-O-Matic, Waterside Mall, Washington, D.C., October, 2002.
Selected Photographs, Metro Cafe, Washington, D.C., August 2002.
Porto Alegre: Portrait of a City, The Brazilian-American Cultural Institute, Washington, D.C., April 2002.
Sifnos Light, Municipality Exhibit, Apollonia Sifnos, Greece, August 2002.
A World of New Views POLAROID Prints, Corcoran College of Art andDesign Alumni Association- George Washington University Virginia Campus Gallery August - October 2001.
Cycladic Landscapes, Woman´s National Democratic Club, Washington, DC , March-May 2001.
Photoexhibition 2001, Cosmos Club, Washington, D.C., February 2001.
Art-O-Matic 2000 , Historic Department Store, 4500 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. September 2000.
Lima ´1999 - Washington 2000. Embassy of Peru, Washington, DC , September, 2000.
Photography Month, Lima ´99, Gallery of Catholic University Cultural Center, Sponsored by the Instituto de Arte Fotografico, Lima, Peru, September 1-30, 1999.
Faces, Spaces and Places, CyberStop Cafe, 1513 17th Streets NW, Washington, DC, March 1999.
C r u s h , Crush , Adams Morgan , Washington , DC, April 1997.
Abandoned :Photo´s of Our Neglected Populace, 18 TH Street Lounge , Washington , DC , March 1997.
Alumni Show , Sandy Spring Friends School , May 1996.
Photographs from Greece , Women´s National Democratic Club, January-March 1994.
Greek Gothic , Chrome Gallery, Washington,DC,1993.
Open Studio , Washington Project for the Arts,Washington, DC, April 1993.
Family Values , Intime Art Salon, Washington, DC, October-November 1992.
Political Exhibition , Women´s National Democratic Club, September-November 1992.
Beyond Reality , Selected Work of Secret Surrealist Society, Intime Art Salon, Washington, DC, July - August 1992.
Mixed Bag, Intime Art Salon , Washington, DC, June-July 1992.
6th Annual Juried Members Exhibition , Washington Center for Photography, June-August 1992.
Open Show , Washington Project for the Arts , Washington, DC June-July 1992.
Powerless Homeless, Club Yari, Washington, DC, May 1992.
1992 International Fine Art Photography Exposition, Association of International Photography Art Dealers , Washington, DC March 1992.
Pure Blood, Fifth Colvmn, Washington, DC, March-October 1992.
Pure Blood, Woman´s National Democratic Club, Washington, DC , March-April 1992.
Washington Area Photographers, Tartt Gallery, Washington, DC, July 1991.
Corcoran Alumni Gallery Show, Washington, DC, September 1991.
Dreams + Fantasies, The Fifth Colvmn, Washington, DC, September-December 1991.
Alienated Youth, The Fifth Colvmn, Washington, DC , October-December 1990.
Photo Metro 8th Annual Photo Contest Winners, Vision Gallery, San Francisco, CA, October 1990.
Powerless Homeless, The Fifth Colvmn, Washington, DC, May-August 1990.
Homeless Portraits, Woman´s National Democratic Club, Washington, DC , March-April 1990.
On the Edge-Reality, The Fifth Colvmn, Washington, DC, September 1989-Feb. 1990.
Transparency Exhibit, The Fifth Colvmn, Washington, DC, August-December 1988.
Labyrinthine Transparency, Minos Beach Art Symposium, Ayios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece, June-October 1988.
Corcoran School of Art, Senior Thesis Show, May 1988.
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Senior Show, April 1988.
Artparticiparty Show, Mayfair House, Washington, DC, November 1987.
Traveling Art Schools Exhibit, 1986.
Prism, Magazine: A Charity of Grace, May-June 2002.
Faces of Homelessness, Video, National Coalition for the Homeless, January 2001.
Killer Art, Ron Athey, 1999.
Azimuts, Revue de Design, Cactus Network-Volatile Circus, June 1992.
S h o t s Magazine: Issue # 33 Selected Work
Issue # 24 Collage
Issue # 49 Artist
Issue # 30 Aborigines
Issue # 20 Girls, Girls, Girls
Issue # 50 Portraits
Issue # 27 Powerless Homeless
Issue # 18 Big Pictures
Issue # 51 Self-Portrait
Issue # 41 Metropolitain
Issue # 25 Best Work
Issue # 43 Alessandra
Issue # 44 Addict
Issue # 54 Highest Point
Issue # 58 PowWow
Issue # 59 Barbara
Issue # 61 Photocars
Cactus Magazine: Issue # 07 - New Tongues
Issue # 10 - Only Dead Fish Go With The Flow
Issue # 05 - Mother
Issue # 08 - Volatile Circus
Issue # 11 - Hot & Cold
Issue # 06 - Colours
Issue # 09 - Fuel to Fight Fascism
Issue # 12 - Do it Yourself
Issue # 13 - Noise
Issue # 14 - Playtime
Issue # 15 - Parasite
Issue # 16 - Catapult
Issue # 17 - May - Day
PARADISE LIFE, my memoir, Author, 2007.
News feature http://www.salon.com/, Jesse Jackson, Cindy Sheehan and Joan Baez march at Saturday´s antiwar rally Make levees, not war in Washington. September 2005.
CalWORKs Homeless Families to the Los Angeles County Commission for Public Social Services, Photograph, June 2005.
LET THE CHURCH SAY AMEN, INDEPENDENT LENS, PBS, the disparities between the Shaw neighborhood and the Capitol district of the impoverished in Washington, D.C. March, 2005
Photo Metro, Pure Blood Series, August 1992.
Beach Culture magazine, Issue # 5, 1991, Winner in "Endangered Species" contest.
Surfer magazine, "Paraplegic Surfer", July 1991.
The Secret Surrealist Society Journal, Senior Editor, 1991-93. Editor in Chief,1993.
ADDICT OUT of the DARK and into the LIGHT, Author, 1994
National Coalition for the Homeless , No One´s Vote Counts More Than Yours - You Don´t Need a Home to Vote Campaign Poster , 1996.
Dragline , Album Cover , Sept / Oct. 1996 , Richmond , VA.
Shambhala Sun Magazine, Young Americans Rock for a free Tibet. November 1998.
3 On the Air, Channel ET-1, Athens, Greece, January 11, 1988.
Art Street-Photographer, WTTG-5, (FOX), City Under Siege, February 5, 1990.
Needle Park, WTTG- 5, (FOX), City Under Siege, December 1990.
Heroin Hotel, WJLA T.V. 7, (ABC), Del Walters, September 12, 1996.
Social Worker, WBDC-50 (WBDC), MEDILL News Service, December 2001.
Social Worker of the Year 2001, Child and Family Services Agency, Washington DC, March 29, 2001.
1999 Social Work Honoree, Child and Family Services Agency, Washington DC, March 25, 1999.
Pro Bono Foundation, How Magazine, Sign Off Section, Excellence in the Field of Photography, January-February 1993.
Photographer´s Forum Magazine Excellence Award in Photography, Spring 1991.
Management Assistance Grant, 1991, awarded by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, 1991.
Award winner in the 8th Annual Photo Contest of Photo Metro for documentary photojournalism.
Bernard Williams Memorial Award for Photography, Corcoran School of Art, 1988.
Greek Gothic, Second prize ART Category, Polaroid Professional Chrome Contest, 1988.
Corcoran School of Art Alumni Panelist--Surviving as an Artist, 2nd Annual Alumni Symposium, February, 1992.
Curator of Photography for the 1992 Scholastic Student Art Exhibition, Regional Competition, Washington Metro Area, 1992.
Panelist at Corcoran School Job Symposium, Career Options in the Arts, Washington, DC, February 1991.
Co-founder Secret Surrealist Society, 1989.
Silver selenium print in the permanent collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1988.
President of the Student Council Corcoran School of Art 1987-1988
Photographer for the 1987 Catalog Annual Senior Exhibition Corcoran School of Art
Born in Washington, DC, 1957. Resided abroad for many years in Jordan, Mali, Uganda, Greece, Mauritius and Zimbabwe.
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