At the start of the year the organisers of the 2019 International Harm Reduction Conference asked me if I would like to exhibit some images at the conference, This is a conference with 1200 harm reduction activists, researchers and policy makers so the answer to that was easy… yes.
I was given free choice over the images to be used, I already had four portrait images in the memorial space, so I chose to use a small number of images from the Australian drug consumption rooms (DCRs) that I captured last year. This set includes an image of an overdose reversal (obviously a successful one as nobody has died of an overdose in an injecting room in all the years they’ve been running), this latter image hadn’t been publicly shown until now. This image is important as it shows how calm and controlled the response of people working in the room is but also because if the person overdosing elsewhere they would very likely have not survived.
There are over 100 DCRs around the world, with more opening every year. The people they support are the most vulnerable. People use their drugs in these projects knowing that if something goes wrong people will be there to help them.
If you are interested in exhibiting these images please get in touch.