They Might Be Junkies BUT .......

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© Anthony Cronin
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A female junkie, helps her zoned out friend to his feet and tries to look after him, despite his incoherent state he still clings to what still matters to him in that moment. His life has been reduced by his habit to where of key importance is the paper coffee cup for begging and a cigarette. The items that he always now carries.

That though is not why I took this, what was striking to witness was despite their shattered lives, I was again reminded how the basic human virtues of care for our fellow man is never eroded, in this case despite the corrosive nature of drugs on people’s lives.

They might be junkies, they might have fallen through the cracks but their humanity is still strong and maybe they deserve more than a passing glance or a sidestep around on the pavement as one goes about their lives.

Ilford Delta 3200 roll film, 1938 Welta Weltur Folding Camera.

3 responses

  • Roy M. Gunnels

    Roy M. Gunnels said (24 Mar 2011):

    An extraordinary image, and the grainy texture enhances the artistic feel to this street scene. I so agree with the commentary as well, and it can be applied across different cultures and countries too. We, as photographers, and as human beings, have no idea what led these people to the place they are now, and that should always be realized before we judge. I have always avoided using the term "beggar" when identifying an image of my own, it's so demeaning and dehumanizing, fore many of these people are so much more than that. Great work! And you've got some extraordinary vingage equipment!Matt

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (24 Mar 2011):

    Well said. I believe all humanity believes a chance and recognition. People fall through the cracks too easily it takes no effort to pass by and ignore!

  • Adrienne Nakissa

    Adrienne Nakissa gave props (30 Apr 2011):

    i adore this shot i believe if i don't stay street level eye to eye i might as well praise a mirror that serves my need for company as well as prayer dig.

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