Culture on the Cheap
From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part II: Pink
Chris Arnade (who met Pink in Long Island City) writes:
“My dream? To go to Disney World. Like those commercials. I need to get clean first.” Pink
Pink, 45, was raped at 12, in a housing project elevator in Jamaica Queens. She has been using crack since 18, and walking the streets since 25. “I didn’t like sex, men, when I was younger. It took me being desperate to forget that rape.”
She works the streets hoping to get enough money for a hotel room and drugs. “I aint really addicted to crack, I am addicted to the lifestyle. I can have a bag full of crack but still feel the need to walk the streets. Its what I know.”
When I told her why I was taking pictures of addicts, she said “Make sure you write that I don’t like this. This is only a means.”
You can view Mr. Arnade’s ongoing photo series, Faces Of Addition, by clicking here.