This is one of the strongest images throughout the whole project, as it depicts the story in which Gary broke free of his use of heroin abuse and started on his way to get clean.
For this, to show that he had broken free of his addiction, I got two syringes and filling up one with what looks like blood, I smashed the other to show that he had given it up.
Drinking is now part of Gary’s life, and even though he slowly become possibly addicted to it, it is part of the social life he has become accustomed too. However, it is something that he is trying to cut down on.
So for this image, I grabbed a couple of beer bottles and cans and placed them together on the ground, with the can crushed to show that he is trying to beat it.
Again, like the drinking, smoking has become part of Gary’s social life. He doesn’t have the money to afford to buy them, but he always asks people going past if he can have one, in which he says most actually do stop and give him one. It isn’t healthy, but it does show that people do care.
The image I made depicts a range of cigarette butts on the floor to show how that smoking is a major part in his life, but also a way of social interaction with others.
Due to the leg ulcers sustained on his legs from his drug abuse, Gary can’t sleep in hostels or in a room due to the smell that emits from his legs, and his self-consciousness from what others may be saying. So, he tends to sleep around the back of a restaurant near the fire exit because it is a safe area that provides cover for him.
For this shot, I went at night to where he said the fire exit was, and took a simple shot of the area that he lives in to give a bit on context of how his previous identity is making him live at the moment.