Featured Work: Heroin Not Chic
The opioid crisis is no secret; it has affected most of the population in some way. Crystal Lewis wanted to channel her experience into something that emphasized the humanity of a woman descending into the darkness of addiction.
Editor’s note: When photographer Gina Weathersby reached out to me about publishing this photo shoot, my first priority was making sure addiction was addressed in a respectful manner. Addiction is a disease, not a spectacle or a fashion trend. Crystal’s story and courage helped me understand this was something that could and should be shared as a step toward healing— for her, and anyone else who needs it.
Crystal, why did you want to portray addiction in this light?
I am an alcoholic/addict in recovery, and I’ve lost many friends due to opioids, whether it be their life or their personality. The crisis hits very close to home for me. I also volunteer AA meetings at the Center for Addiction Treatment (CAT) house, and most of the women have no idea how AA or NA works. Some hate that we are there, but there is always that one who lights up. They don’t want to live that life, and never really have.
How did you come up with this concept?
I had been thinking about the shoot for over a year, I just couldn’t grasp the concept in my head. I talked with makeup artist Anne Taylor, who has also been closely affected by this crisis, as well as her daughter Jaclyn Laravie. They were both immediately on board. Anne and I spoke with Gina while working on a different project, and she was game to shoot… [We] just went forward from there with open minds.
Photographer: Gina Weathersby
Concept: Crystal Lewis
Makeup: Anne Taylor and Jaclyn Laravie
Wardrobe: Jaclyn Laravie
Photo Assistant and Post-production: Sam Stamler
Models: Kara and Riana with NV Models & Talent
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Big thanks to Gina and Crystal for sharing this imagery. If you or someone you know needs help, please visit riseupnews.org for a list of resources.
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