FAQ

general

That’s a great question!

Right now, we’re working on step one, which is a live show of the work in Portland, Oregon, in conjunction with a fundraiser for a local recovery organization.

We’re also exploring having a sister show in Bend, Oregon, and expanding the project out to feature people in recovery who live outside of the Portland metro area.

In a dream world, we’d love to see this grow even bigger, with the ability to work with recovery communities in different states and do shows local to the folks we feature.

If you’re interested in tracking the project as it grows, please subscribe to the On Recovery mailing list.

Aw, man! Get in touch and we’ll get you an answer.

Category: general

Absolutely!

In fact, that’s part of the whole point of this — is to share a broad range of recovery experiences. Refuge Recovery? SMART Recovery? Something else? We’d love for you to be involved! We all have different paths, but our goals are the same. No divisiveness needed!

photo essay

This is not a hard and fast requirement, but a preference based in careful consideration for those who are in emotionally vulnerable spaces.

Early recovery is such a scary rollercoaster, and I want to make sure that your involvement in this project is something you feel good about–today, six months from now, two years from now.

Category: photo essay

Digital files will be shared with participants once the project is launched. As of this moment, this is still being built, which means everything may as well have a big ol’ UNDER CONSTRUCTION sign over the top of it.

Category: photo essay

The model release is pulled from a template provided by the American Society of Media Photographers. For those who are choosing to not show their face in photos, there is an addendum to ensure that is part of the agreement.

Some folks who aren’t familiar with model releases get freaked out by the broadness of the language, which is meant to cover me in terms of using the photos in the many ways this project may grow: online, print, portfolio, showing, grant applications, etc.

These photos will never be sold for stock photography. You will not find your face on a constipation medication billboard, or in any tabloid (what, even?), or being printed on strange products (left-handed scissors, squatty potties, etc.) for sale.

Category: photo essay

That’s a great question!

Right now, we’re working on step one, which is a live show of the work in Portland, Oregon, in conjunction with a fundraiser for a local recovery organization.

We’re also exploring having a sister show in Bend, Oregon, and expanding the project out to feature people in recovery who live outside of the Portland metro area.

In a dream world, we’d love to see this grow even bigger, with the ability to work with recovery communities in different states and do shows local to the folks we feature.

If you’re interested in tracking the project as it grows, please subscribe to the On Recovery mailing list.

One of the most common questions/concerns I get is about anonymity.

Your level of openness is up to you. I am happy to shoot photos that keep your face out of the way. During the interview, you are welcome to share as much or as little as you feel comfortable with. You can identify the things that define your recovery in as much or as little detail as works for you.

I will never reveal your personal information without your consent (short of, say, verifying your alibi if a murder was committed while we were shooting together and a hardboiled detective is convinced you’re the culprit).

For some folks with a traditional twelve-step program, maintaining a level of greater anonymity is deeply important to them, especially as they don’t want their association with the program to make or break someone’s view of it.

For some, that means simply talking about the twelve step program in terms of their own personal experience, and leaving out the specifics of which twelve step programs they utilize in their recovery. For others, that means abstaining from being photographed.

I completely understand that and respect it. If you feel like you cannot be a participant without violating that tradition, that is completely up to you. There are other options for being involved in the project that don’t involve identifying yourself publicly, so don’t let that stop you from being involved!

Category: photo essay

Absolutely!

In fact, that’s part of the whole point of this — is to share a broad range of recovery experiences. Refuge Recovery? SMART Recovery? Something else? We’d love for you to be involved! We all have different paths, but our goals are the same. No divisiveness needed!

Absolutely!

If you have some familiarity with the structure of the program (even if that means you tried out a few meetings and decided it wasn’t for you), that is helpful, as the interview has a few questions about that. That said, it isn’t a requirement.

Category: photo essay

That’s a very common feeling; a lot of us struggle at times with how we look in photographs.

As I mentioned in another question, the photos are the heart of the project, so they are a necessity for this element. I promise you that I won’t take or share photos of you that are “bad,” but I can’t control your self-image.

If you still want to be involved in On Recovery, join us for one of the workshops and paint your heart out. No posing for photographs needed!

Category: photo essay

Unfortunately, no. While I love hearing the stories of others (and I know you all have so many insights to share), this is a photo essay, which means the interviews are a complement to the photos. The photographs are the heart of the project.

If you’re concerned about anonymity, let’s chat!

Some folks are opting to take photos without their face in them, and we can absolutely make that work.

Category: photo essay

Absolutely! After we finish the interview, you are more than welcome to review the information and make sure you feel represented accurately. If there are any issues, we will work together to resolve them together.

Category: photo essay

workshop

That’s a great question!

Right now, we’re working on step one, which is a live show of the work in Portland, Oregon, in conjunction with a fundraiser for a local recovery organization.

We’re also exploring having a sister show in Bend, Oregon, and expanding the project out to feature people in recovery who live outside of the Portland metro area.

In a dream world, we’d love to see this grow even bigger, with the ability to work with recovery communities in different states and do shows local to the folks we feature.

If you’re interested in tracking the project as it grows, please subscribe to the On Recovery mailing list.

Absolutely!

In fact, that’s part of the whole point of this — is to share a broad range of recovery experiences. Refuge Recovery? SMART Recovery? Something else? We’d love for you to be involved! We all have different paths, but our goals are the same. No divisiveness needed!