In 2017 I was invited to visit the Chicago Recovery Alliance one of the most respected harm reduction services in the United States. The visit was a mixture of different work projects but included photography around the service and of it’s staff for a future web project.

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In November I was invited to photograph Release’s 50th birthday celebrations, this included the opening of a pop-up art gallery entitled ‘The Museum of Drug Policy’, workshops on drug policy and drug law, plus a performance by the Sex Workers Opera.

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I’ve never liked the way I look. While I know I’m not extremely ugly, I also know that I would never consider myself ‘good looking’. My face is full of faults, from the scar on my cheek (as a baby I scratched my face quite badly), the way my smile is never full because I’m so self conscious of my crooked teeth, to the way I see that one of my eyelids has a droop… and that’s without getting to the baldness.

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