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Stranger #25: Jason | by bomvu
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Stranger #25: Jason

This picture is #25 in my second 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page

See my first set here: Bomvu's 100 Strangers"

 

Walking around Weymouth, a town that I don't know at all, I found myself a block back from the main strip and very quiet. I looked down a road and saw Jason walking towards me. I must confess that I was a little nervous to go up to him but the light was good in that spot and I really wanted a picture of him. As is the norm in this project, you can't judge a book by it's cover and and instead of mugging me, he gave a friendly smile and agreed right away. I took the front on shot and then had a chat. Now often I don't spend a lot of time chatting to strangers because I shoot in busy area's where people are in a hurry. But I'm glad I did in this case.

Jason told me that he works as a councilor in an outreach programme for drug addicts. He is an ex heroin addict himself. I have an enormous amount of respect for anyone who's managed to beat that particular problem.

He also told me how he saved a guy's life a few months back when he found him overdosed in a public toilet round the corner from where we were standing. Unfortunately the guy OD'd again a month later and wasn't lucky enough to have someone to save him again. Phew, hectic!

I think it is incredibly brave to get involved in helping addicts when he probably struggles daily with the same urges that they have.

Jason told me that he never uses computers so we swapped numbers and I promised to get some copies printed of these and will post them to him.

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Taken on April 23, 2012