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Be sure to check out the full story: Chicago’s heroin epidemic laid bare: Photographer spends a year with homeless capturing harrowing images of potent Mexican drug sweeping the city

Jun
18

Zombie Addiction In Your Head

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Heroin addiction hurts everyone involved; the addicts, parents, friends and family. After two years documenting the destructive power of heroin addiction, the emotional impact started to have an effect. Several of the addicts that I photographed became more than just photo subjects, they became friends. Several of those people eventually died from their addictions, leaving an empty space in my heart, and their images forever etched into my memory. Their zombie addiction still lives within my head...

the Music: Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed). I have permission from the creator of this music to use this music in my video. Cover version of "Zombie" by Eywa

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My video was removed from YouTube for "violation of community guidelines for nudity," And somehow this crap is just fine!

Obviously an important contribution to the YouTube "community."

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Against Doctor's Orders Part Two: God Bless My Addiction

Heroin addiction is nothing short of evil. The US is currently in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic, that not only includes heroin, but  prescription pain medications as well. In fact, many heroin addicts first developed their physical reliance on opioids by taking prescription pain medications. My two years spent documenting addicts has taught me much about the wold of addiction. Through these stories I hope to share my experience with you, and hopefully help someone to never ingest heroin in the first place. It's not worth the risk. 

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Voices From the Streets: D's Love Hate Relationship With Heroin

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Against Doctor's Orders Part One: A Photo Documentary on Heroin Addiction

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(Originally published on June 17, 2014 at Chicago Now)

There was a noticeably smaller crowd at this year's Chicago Blues Festival in comparison to previous festivals. National slide guitar champion and 15 year veteran of the Chicago Blues Festival, Kraig Kenning, remarked that this was the “smallest crowd” he had ever seen.

Kenning noted several possible reasons for the small crowds at this year's event, including the fact that most of the original blues musicians are dead and gone, and that Chicago hasn't been very inviting to out-of-town street musicians in the past.

By 5:30 Saturday evening, more people were leaving the festival than were entering. The street corners at the front gate where two blues musicians played during the afternoon, were abandoned and left to the street preachers who were telling everyone why they would burn in hell.

While panhandlers enjoy free reign in Chicago, street performers are often hassled by the Chicago Police. Local street performer, Kaliq Woods, has suffered continued harassment at the hands of the Chicago Police over the years, receiving over a dozen tickets in a single year for “noise violations.” The City of Chicago should be paying Kaliq rather than hassling him.

“The good part about street performing is you have the freedom to play what you love to play and get people’s reactions. The downfall is sometimes you get cops that come up and bother you for playing music. I don’t know why it’s like that.” Kaliq Woods, Rolling Stone

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Soldiers patrol the streets of Palomas, Mexico, a small border town just three miles south of Columbus, New Mexico. Palomas is notorious for its violence, as cartel chiefs fight for control of Palomas' lucrative cross-border drug-smuggling business.

Feb
03

U.S. – Mexico Border Wall

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I went down to the U.S. - Mexico border to have a first look at the wall, or the lack thereof...

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