Mr Bishop: Hunts Point, Bronx

Chris Bishop was drinking in front of a liquor store when we met. A resident in the local homeless shelter he told me the following.

 

At the age of thirteen, Chris killed his father, stabbing him with a knife after a childhood of abuse. He spent the next eighteen years in correctional facilities. 'When he was drunk and mad he would hold me out the apartment window and threaten to drop me to the street, eight floors below. He beat me and my mother all the time. I have been drinking ever since. To forget.'

 

When I asked how he wanted to be described, his eyes teared up and he said "I am human, like everyone else."

 

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  • Bethany Orbison PRO 3y

    This man's face (his eyes) broke my heart before I ever even read the description below. Such sadness is hard to bare.
  • sugarhil3 3y

    wow, I want to reach out and help him! So sad! Praying someone can take him in and help him see there is healing and not to fall anymore to the demons that help him continue to drink.
  • Khumais Raza 3y

    Keep up the good work Mr. Chris Arnade.
  • Maryanne Stahl PRO 3y

    such pain, such pain.

    I am reading these, crying at each one, not knowing what to say, except, perhaps, namaste to each of them
  • Colourjunkie 3y

    So sad that people destroy their children when they are young, leaving them to grow up to be broken adults.. it's terrible that this is so common..
  • VladBedolla 3y

    This pic really, really made me cry. Reminds me my latte father, who was a human, like everybody else...
  • Louisa Billeter PRO 3y

    very moving
  • morkenmannen 3y

    Alcohol - most harmful drug and it's legal, available almost everywhere. :/ My father is an alcoholic too, so I know this pain, this fear, but I found the strength to overcome all this shit and I hope Mr. Bishop will find his own path, it's never too late to get back your life.
  • Dani 3y

    This photo just broke my heart
  • schrodinger212 3y

    Beautiful. Sad. Thank you.
  • kgdgrubert 3y

    I see more humanity in this man than I do many other people. Contrary to popular belief, we addicts are not subhuman scum, automatons with one singular driving goal: more drugs. Addicts are humans, just like many other folks, fully deserving of the same respect & dignity as soccer moms or--believe it--even police officers (who often treat us as less-than-human mold bringing down property values in their neighborhoods.)
  • April 3y

    This. This is what photography is about.
  • marko9000 3y

    this is a truly tragic portrait, guy never had a chance
  • Rishad Daroowala 2y

    Powerful photo and description.
  • mmw2848 2y

    "I am a human, like everyone else" is perhaps the most important thing I have ever read.
  • evrny1 2y

    The pain in his face brings a burning feeling to my chest. You can see the little boy he was, scared to death when his father abused him. And what a shame this is how we treat a child in that case --- with years in a correctional facility, when they really need years with a gentle therapist.
  • Justanotheroneofus 2y

    It's 5.30 am here in Australia, I have been up going through all your photos since clicking a link to one on facebook at around 10pm. I haven't been able to stop even though I have kids to do for in about an hours time.

    So far, of all the tears, and grins and triggered memories, this photo, before even reading the words beneath has been the most cutting, the most raw. I burst into tears and cried like a baby for so long before I could even read anything. This man is more real than most anyone raised with privilege can likely ever be themselves. His life has been stripped bare, his soul exposed for all to see. In some ways, seeing this photo has been like being present during a death or a birth for me. So intense, so absolutely as it is. Thank you Chris.
  • igzy pie 2y

    In tears.
  • sunderlandartstudent 2y

    Sad indeed, not restricted to America though.Shelters and institutions for those addicted or mentally ill used to be all over western countries. But the spread of Reaganomics had them all shut.
    Same for programmes to get people off drugs and in to work.
    It's why you see the explosion of homeless people across the western world.
  • Penni Myrick 1y

    This broke my heart.
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