For the past year, I've made portraits of over one hundred people and gotten to know dozens at the Compassion Services Center Shelter in Albuquerque. Some are still unhoused. Others have moved on to their own homes. These photographs reveal the humanity and dignity of just a handful of the extraordinary people I've met.
You have to pay attention to what you’re consuming with any drug, know where it's coming from. As a fourteen-year-old kid, before you’d eat acid, you’d let the other kids try it out, see what kind of high they were getting. If they’re having a good high or a bad one. You have to watch it. It’s like booze, very kind, baffling, deceptive. You don’t know you’re hooked.
John Oliver Jonassen
I’m here every day. I do what I’m supposed to do. I pull my weight. I see His work every day of my life. I see the change in me. I’ve got me a home. I’m going on to another job as well. I tell people just doing the right thing every day it makes a big difference. It does matter. You do people good you get done as well.”
I got all my medical records and started going through them, and that’s when I realized why I wasn’t getting any help. Because health care is a network, they all talk to each other. You go to one in the network, and they’re like, ‘There’s that guy again. All you need to do is pat him on the back and say okay, okay we’ll do this test and that test,’ But no tests were ever done. Andrew Shane Young
It was difficult for me when I got to prison. I was timid. I didn’t know the politics. I didn’t know anything. I studied Islam for fifteen years. I was with the Muslims. I started having conflicting thoughts about the Koran and about the beliefs. I converted back to Christianity. I had so much inner soul searching to do. I had too much on my heart, too much on my mind. Dwayne "Woody" Burwell
I just woke up one day, and I said, "I’m done doing this. It was March 8, 2022. I’m done with drugs, I’m done with being in the streets, I’m done with not having anybody, with being stuck in this awful nonstop cycle. There’s no moving forward. There’s no getting anything done. It’s just wake up, get high, wake up, get high. I don’t want to do it anymore. I was done." Faith Kerns
What we knew was that he had died in an abandoned apartment (abando). Some said Rowland was found with arms outstretched and ankles crossed like Christ on the cross. Others said it was a hotshot. Still others maintained that his position indicated forces much higher up. A cartel perhaps or a cult. To this day nobody knows. Rowland James Richey (1989-2023)