Vanessa: Hunts Point, Bronx

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    Vanessa, thirty-five, had three children with an abusive husband. She "lost her mind, started doing heroin," after losing the children, who were taken away and given to her mother. The drugs led to homelessness and prostitution. She grew up on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, but now spends her time in Hunts Point, "trying to survive everyday. Just doing whatever it takes."

    She was standing on the cold street corner looking for business, wearing only flip flops and smoking with her two friends. When I asked her how she wanted to be described, Mary Alice jumped in and said "She's the sweetest woman I know. She will give you the shirt off her back, if she has one on."

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    1. bacalao2929 21 months ago | reply

      I hope some steals your fucking camera, stop exploiting these people take pictures of drug addicts in your own neighborhood, why come come to the Bronx I am sure they are plenty of people on drugs on wall street, fuck you I hope you die

    2. lobotion 21 months ago | reply

      She gives good head

    3. McCoy's Place 21 months ago | reply

      Whether the stories are true as told or not they are amazing as shared bits of real people's lives. This is an excellent shot and you managed to capture so much. Thank you for sharing.

    4. Angelo 1964 21 months ago | reply

      Concerning you and the other trolls with their heartless comments, she might be an addict and a prostitute but she is 10 times the human being than you hateful, adolescent vermin. Karma is going hit you like Wily Coyote's anvil.

    5. Chris Arnade 18 months ago | reply

      Thanks everyone for the great comments. Here is an update on Vanessa

    6. kwright602003 18 months ago | reply

      she had Very Beautiful eyes....

    7. Zed Toyo 17 months ago | reply

      Tremenda, tremenda.

    8. JaneDoeinCO 16 months ago | reply

      This woman is absolutely beautiful. Im sure she does not see that when looking in a mirror, but she is more beautiful on the outside than most models and starlets in Hollywood. Sad she is unable to get her life together. :( The depth of soul in her eyes says she is a sweet but damaged soul :(

    9. JaneDoeinCO 16 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the update.....I hope and pray her life only improves each day. She is really beautiful!

    10. {Giuliana} 16 months ago | reply

      DID YOU SEE THIS?! I woke up this morning and saw this on MAIL ONLINE!

    11. *m5 15 months ago | reply

      her sadness takes my breath away.

    12. s@bos 15 months ago | reply

      Her story and gorgeous face remind me of many of my clients. Thanks for this soulful image.

    13. Shonga81 15 months ago | reply

      Vanessa you are gorgeous! If you can't find a way to take care of yourself, find me and I will help as much as I can :D

    14. kateincali1986 14 months ago | reply

      It's very sad. She's beautiful too. I am glad you are getting these people's stories. The media makes most people invisible if they aren't the exact ideal of what we are supposed to be.

    15. wtfhunt 8 months ago | reply

      I nailed her in hunts point she was a great lay!!

    16. Sir Guy Grand 4 months ago | reply

      Extraordinary image. Walked straight into my heart and found herself a space. So much humanity in one person and one shot. Chris Arnade, you are an artist and you have touched me. Thank you.

    17. gravitat-OFF 4 months ago | reply

      what a sad world.

    18. jason stits 4 months ago | reply

      Chris, thanks for the update. I can't tell you how much I appreciate the effort you put into finding Vanessa ........I know there is hope brother....there is hope

    19. The Nite Tripper 3 months ago | reply

      Oh, Vanessa....she has the most beautiful blue eyes....

    20. kerrymcfadden12 3 months ago | reply

      I wish to help her... how can we?

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