Wayne: Hunts Point, Bronx

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    Wayne, homeless, spends much of his time at the "Junkyard" with Supreme (who is now in rehab) and others. He graciously told me his story, of how he lost everything to crack including a home left to him by his grandmother. Time spent in jail would clean him up, but once released he would fall back with the old crowd.

    The drugs have wrecked his health. He recently suffered a drug-induced heart attack, and had to walk himself to the ER. His right hand is disfigured from frostbite, the result of a cold night collecting scrap metal while high.

    He is the father of nine children, many who come by and try to help him out.

    When I asked him how he wanted to be described he said "I am blessed. I am still here. Many others have gone. I am blessed. We are all blessed."

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    1. Casiyety 28 months ago | reply

      Natural buen retrato

    2. Dj Poe 28 months ago | reply

      Wow this one really shows the seriousness of your series.

    3. proof_by_contradiction 28 months ago | reply

      Again, excellent photo and story!!

    4. christine@planeteventsdirect 28 months ago | reply

      Such is the ruthless power & controlling nature of drug addiction.......so sad.

    5. cgullz 28 months ago | reply

      wicked shot. speaks volumes.

    6. Sleepless Aquarius 28 months ago | reply

      Your photos make me feel very greatful & fortunate to have the life that I do. One just never knows what the future holds. Sometimes I see some of the faces in your photos at night when Im home alone & makes me wonder if they are ok out there.

    7. Michael S Knight 28 months ago | reply

      Good street portrait!

    8. Chris Arnade 28 months ago | reply

      Thanks. I have been following these guys for awhile and try my best to keep in touch with them. In the year I have known them they have had lots of ups and downs. Health issues dominate; heart attacks, ulcers, etc. They often land in hospital.

      At least in NY there is decent services for them. Still, pretty volatile lives

    9. worthknowing 28 months ago | reply

      this series is seriously incredible. keep up the good work.

    10. lefiligree 28 months ago | reply

      his body really has taken a lickin'. i wonder how his children come to terms with their worry/care about it.
      great composition in the photo. he's got a lot of layers on.

    11. Chris Arnade 28 months ago | reply

      The relationship between the addicts and their children is something I don't fully understand. Its the one part of their lives they are not very comfortable talking about, so I don't press.

    12. Frank Fullard 28 months ago | reply

      Wonderful portrait Chris!

    13. Photography By Atiya 28 months ago | reply

      Love these shots and these stories

    14. brittyboop 26 months ago | reply

      wow this story is great but always sad, im glad to hear supreme is in rehab .hope he is doing well

    15. ≡ Matthias 26 months ago | reply

      Powerful shot!

    16. LukeInside 21 months ago | reply

      Words of the truth Wayne! Big respect for your gratefulness and let God bless you even more!

    17. harleymumof2 15 months ago | reply

      I came here looking for more info on Wayne/DuWayne. He may be an addict. He may be homeless. He may father children he can't take care of but one thing he is NOT, is stupid. His words are profound and tell a story of wisdom that most of us will never know. Thanks for sharing his story with us.

    18. Out of Ireland Photography 4 months ago | reply

      What a wonderful portrait.

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