Looking Into Light

What's the primary cause of homelessness? Poverty, obviously, but financial catastrophes often result from health crises. You don't have medical insurance, get sick, spend all your savings, and suddenly you're living in your car. Such scenarios—and the "Repeal Obamacare!" chants—are brought to mind by Dan Lamont's photojournalism, part of the Looking Into Light show, which also includes archival images from The National Center on Family Homelessness. Lamont, a local shooter, received a Seattle University fellowship in 2010 and traveled the state to document young parents, war vets, and others who suddenly found themselves without a roof. One is a single mother living in Okanogan County. She's raising two young sons, rides in rodeos, and is studying for a career in criminal justice. (There's always a market for prison guards.) "Cowgirls don't cry," reads her neck tattoo, and she appears a tough but tender parent. Over in Issaquah, a former Marine tends his kids while living with his invalid mother. These are rural and suburban scenes, not the downtown shelters and Pioneer Square panhandlers many of us witness every day. Yes, the economy may be improving as the recession wanes, but Lamont's focus is on the vulnerable who don't need tax cuts, but direct assistance, to survive. (Note: show continues from lobby down the elevator to L-2 in the Anne Focke Gallery.) BRIAN MILLER

Mondays-Fridays, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wed., April 4, 4-6 p.m. Starts: March 14. Continues through April 27, 2012

 
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