BY KATHLEEN PHALEN TOMASELLI
Houlton photographer Lawrence Hardy was a Lights Out Gallery featured artist in January. Credit: Kathleen Phalen Tomaselli / Houlton Pioneer Times
HOULTON, Maine — Just three weeks after ending nearly a decade of heroin use, Lawrence Hardy picked up his smartphone and started chasing the light instead of his next fix.
Now the self-taught Houlton photographer, who has been featured in galleries around the globe, will soon publish “Zen Xan,” his most serious and intimate work to date. Taken over the course of a year in Aroostook County, this series of black-and-white photographs — obscure visual representations of his long battle with opioid addiction, panic attacks, depression and anxiety — ultimately represents hope, he said.
Read more about Lawrence's journey and how he was introduced to Lights Out Gallery here.