Working for almost two decades in the field of harm reduction has given me a privileged level of access that many photographers will never get to this wonderfully diverse set of communities.
My photography subjects are the workers, advocates, people who use drugs and academics I have met around the world. Sometimes it’s people I meet once at a conference, often it’s people who I meet repeatedly over the years, building friendships and trusts that I try and reflect in my photographs.
My photography has been used in substance use fields and has featured in: Voltface, Drink Drug News, Virgin Unite, Black and White Photography magazine and the Hit the Streets podcast. The Harm Reduction Coalition, Harm Reduction International, Uniting MSIC, NAM: AIDSmap and HIT have also used my images.
I regularly speak about harm reduction and it’s intersections with photography at conferences and events around the world. I have also specifically presented on the use of photography as a tool for activism that can be used to both provide a record of the movement but to also highlight a need for expanding harm reduction interventions; for instance with my ‘Look Away You Don’t Want to See This‘ series that shows a need for safer drug consumption spaces.