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Jeffrey Keefer: Taking pictures with a purpose

Jeff Keefer’s photographic passion developed from a fascination with color, a love of travel, learning about other cultures and Parkinson’s disease. Before 2007, when he was diagnosed, he had never taken photographs. But with the diagnosis came a new awakening, a heightened sense of creativity and a desire to be more spontaneous (he also started creating videos and writing poetry).

The Ohio native had a 35-year career with DuPont, retiring in 2010 as executive vice president and CFO. It was not the disease or medical necessity that triggered him to make the decision, but a sense of time.

He and his wife, Anne, now live full time in Sea Pines and operate VIVID Gallery in the Shops at Sea Pines Center. The gallery is full of Keefer’s beautiful photographs, printed on canvas. All proceeds from the sale of his photos are donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, the leader in funding cutting-edge research to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

Many of his shots are of Hilton Head Island and the surrounding Lowcountry. The idea is to remind visitors of the good time they had on the island when they purchase the art and also know they have made a difference by making that purchase. Here are a few of his favorite local shots. Find more of his work at