Sydney: Hunts Point Bronx

Sydney, 50, grew up in South Carolina, started drinking and smoking weed at thirteen, and soon after his addiction "had become heavy." He moved to the Bronx in his twenties, and started dealing drugs. Crack and heroin followed: "You like the feeling at first, but then addiction takes over."


For the last two years he has been homeless. He does some mechanical work now and then, and one of the local bodegas lets him stay in the basement sometimes. "Heroin took my job, home, and family. Here in Hunts Point the demons wait for you. They know your weakness."


When I asked him how he wanted to be described he said, "I am a human being with an addiction. My dream is to get off drugs and get my life back together."


I post people's stories as they tell them to me. I am not a journalist. I don't try to verify, just listen.


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  • Peter Grifoni 3y

    he strikes me a genuine, down to earth sort guy who just made a few bad decisions.
    I hope his dream comes true soon. God bless
  • Andrew Mohrer 3y

    Technically speaking this photo is on the money. Focus dead on and I love the very natural feeling colors, just right...

    Besides that you know I love your work Chris, keep them coming...
  • four50photo 3y

    Dj Poe nailed it, the seperation here and quality of your shots are as astounding as the subjects. don't stop
  • Ang Wickham 3y

    a wonderful portrait, love his smile and sweet looking demeanour. nice work Chris.
  • KittyKaht 3y

    I am loving his happy go lucky face.
  • Heidi 3y

    Another great one Chris.
  • Steven Siegel 3y

    You have an amazing ability to draw your subjects out. The guy's facial expression suggests that he is completely at ease with you.

    I very much admire your remarkable ability to bridge a social, cultural and racial chasm.
  • Emmett Hunt 3y

    I've been following your work for a short while now, and I think it's amazing! Great shot!!!
  • [[Marie-A R]] 3y

    What amazes me in your photography is the ability to make each and all people confident, smiling, and teling their stories.

    None of them look at you with anger or distrust. You may have a great soul and sincerely I hope all of them find their right way for happiness and true enjoyable life.

    Thank you for your excellent photography
  • Darada 3y

    AMazing. The photos the stories. "The World is a Ghetto"
  • HPescapeE0008 3y

    Coming from H.P I see clearly what their all talking about.... This place is the real deal... If u can make it outta here GOD BLESS YOU... H.P...THE LOST CITY... Thnx 4 bringing some awareness BUT this is just scratching the surface more has to be done!!!
  • Sarah 3y

    Great pic.He doesn't look 50 at all,I would have guessed he was around 40.
  • aakeber 2y

    CHris, I have been addicted to this series. Maybe a bit of a voyeure. More, an alcoholic addict myself. It's so much easier in the suburbs.
    I wonder if what you wrought is porn or exploitation. It depends on the subject, hey? How many want us, the public, to learn from their addiction? A cautionary tale. Not a one of these subjects ask us to come join in addiction. Rather, they all want out.

    Should any of your subjects want peace in the country, contact me. My guess is that most people DON'T want out of their familiar realms. Rural life is vastly different from urban life - for better or for wrose.

    Thank you. Above all, thank you Chris, for sharing this with us. I love you and I love your subjects.
  • 6mo

    may I ask how you approach your subjects?
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