Luis: Hunts Point, Bronx

I call him Luis, but I am not sure. Luis is unable to do more than mutter a few words, often breaking down in tears. He refuses to go to the local shelter or Methadone clinic, sleeping instead in various spots, spending his waking hours bumming cigarettes and panhandling in front of bodegas.


I worry that my pictures put a happy face on addiction. Photos cannot capture the pain, suffering, and destruction wrought by heroin, crack or in this case whiskey. Sometimes it requires smoking a cigarette with a sobbing incoherent drunk to truly remind you what loneliness and addiction can do.

  • Collin Erickson 3y

    Thank you for the story. Amazing picture. Powerful beyond words.
  • Brian Reisinger 3y

    Your writing and descriptions are almost as powerful as the photographs you take. Thought-provoking stuff, man.
  • UrbanphotoZ 3y

    What can one say? A life laid to waste, and he sees is own tragedy more than anyone else.
  • frau neunzehn 3y

    my respect for him, for your picture and the story
    and for your work...thanks for sharing
  • Street Vision L.A. 3y

    8~) excellent comp and capture !!!
  • Ang Wickham 3y

    i don't think your pix paint a happy pic at all regarding addiction, you can see the pain in their eyes, and in this guys case - pretty much everything. so heartbreaking and yet it is such a personal journey not just anyone can 'help'.
  • Rufus Mangrove 3y

    there's always one of them hanging by the bodegas.
  • wil-zit 3y

    big respect for your work and your humanity
    love your pictures and all men and women you choose to photography...
    thanks chris
  • opedwriter 3y

    I do not think your photos put a happy face on addiction, I see these faces, the emotions behind them that the photo portrays. I teared up at the man who killed his father.
  • billyvoo 3y

    fantastic shot and story. Really appreciate the composition and use of color
  • Lazy Nazy 3y

    Thank you for taking the time to ask these people, who no doubt think that no one cares, about their stories. They are important and their visibility is important - if we can't see them, we who are more fortunate cannot help them either. Great photos too! - so alive with colour and character.
  • cyanotic1 3y

  • Bex Sutton 3y

    Such powerful photos, very moving.
  • Augen | Blicke 3y

    "I worry that my pictures put a happy face on addiction."
    No. You just have to look at the eyes of those people. It is good that someone cares, even if it's just with photographs. Great respect for you work. Carry on!
  • hannes cmarits 3y

    wonderful series. And i big wow for you and your work. Big wow for taking this step, talking to the people, giving them the a little bit. Giving them the feeling that they are not alone, that someone is interrested in them, cares.
    thank you.
  • Martin Carlin 3y

    so well put
  • Kirsh2 2y

    Can you tell me what year this pic was taken? Looks a lot like my Uncle Steve. He's since passed away...
  • Kirsh2 2y

    Just saw the date...
  • `` Grape Cranberry `` 2y

    Your stream is wonderful.

    We're all subject to highs and lows...I think drug addicts just have an extreme range. I also think that drugs, over time, lower the upper limit, and as well as expand the lower limit, if that makes sense.
  • Viri M. 2y

    The look in his eyes you captured made me tear up. Reading the story brought the tears streaming down my face.
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