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Roman Sakovich

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The photographer Roman Sakovich has gotten some heat for his project Half, a series of images detailing the effects of drug abuse, particularly with respect to methamphetamine addiction; his subjects stand, face forward, their lefthand side polished, even proud, while on the right, their bodies are ravaged by scars and scabs characteristic of addiction. The jarring split-personas are achieved not through photoshop but with expert make-up and styling.

The artist has been criticized for his simplified portrayal of drug dependency; by his own admission, the images, in their shocking nature, exclude a more nuanced exploration and rely in part stereotypes. Problematic for some is the fact that the non-addict self is styled professionally in suits and crisp button-downs, while the addict wears more urban attire, the implication being that class and drug use are profoundly connected.

Regardless of the controversy (and perhaps even because of it), the shocking series inspires much-needed and critical discussion on drug addiction, an illness that plagues tens of millions nationwide. Avoiding blaming and scapegoating individuals, the artist provides an intimate approximation of selfhood torn by addiction, one that inspires empathy, not disgust or prejudice.

Sakovich’s subjects, their identities split in two, are as you and I, lead by hopes, fears, and complex yearnings. A doctor, stethoscope slung over her shoulder, hair in a tight chignon, directs a placid glance comfortingly at the viewer; only after allowing our eyes to drift across the print do we see this figure of heath and safety cruelly overtaken by substance abuse, her eye downcast and purpled, a dried lip furrowed and lined. We read these bodies from left to right like strange texts, imagining personal and intimate narratives in order to reconcile the two faces before us. Ultimately, we are left with the powerful warning, “This could happen to you.” What do you think?



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allabout-theirony:

if you think Toothless is all cat and no dog and call him a “flying cat” or “dragon kitty” in response to something he does you’ve probably never owned both cats and dogs???? he is a mix of the two

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dOG

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dog and cat (my dog LOVES lasers, my cat doesn’t)

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cat, then dog

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catdog

in conclusion, Toothless does dog-like things in a cat-like manner

i fucking hate how nervous people make me like i can’t even walk down the road without feeling judged and that is just ridiculous 

thefourteenthdoctor:

watchtheskytonight:

spirit-of-the-ocean:

my uncle used to be one of those people who drove dead people to cemeteries and such 

then he became a taxi driver and the person he was driving tapped his shoulder to ask a question and my uncle screamed really loud

IT’S BACK

I’m sure that’s what he thought.

bigwordsandsharpedges:

The US is nothing but immigrants and has no official language at the national level. This patch demonstrates a profound ignorance of both the legality of immigration and foreign languages in general.

bigwordsandsharpedges:

The US is nothing but immigrants and has no official language at the national level. This patch demonstrates a profound ignorance of both the legality of immigration and foreign languages in general.

born-t0-lose:

The Story So Far - Quicksand

born-t0-lose:

The Story So Far - Quicksand

freymastergotablog:

The sound I made was not human

freymastergotablog:

The sound I made was not human

asian:

asian:

so im shopping for make up for the girlfriend bc valentines day and holy fuck how do you girls afford this shit

$80 for eye shadow???

is it made out of unicorn shit

what is naked 3

why is it called naked

will it make her look naked

why is it $50

that’s 50 cheese burgers

i can’t deal with make up good bye

brook:

samurott:

why do chihuahuas looks like they are scared the whole time

who wouldn’t be afraid in this economy