This project uses strong imagery and cautionary tales spoken by drug users themselves to effectively de-glamorize hard drug use - and at zero cost to the public. Yet producing this work has hard dollar costs that must be paid. This website has existed for a few years without a dollar in external funding or donations, and I will be forced to remove the website if that does not change by the end of 2018. Producing this material has cost over $10,000, and the website hosting subscription alone is over $200 per year. Scores of images and dozens of monologues could be added to this website yet I no longer have the means to pay for any of it, nor am inclined to, especially given the absence of any public recognition or media coverage whatsoever.
You can help keep this website running in a few ways: Promote this website by simply clicking the Facebook "like" button, or you can forward this site to friends, your contact list, relevant blogs, or any news media that might be interested in reviewing it. Individuals who may benefit from this presentation are teens, current and former addicts, politicians, judges and district attorneys, teachers, law enforcement personnel, drug kingpins, and social workers.
I must stress that for this project to remain online and expand it requires funding. To date, I have assumed its considerable production costs and I leave it up to you to decide its value - value which can only really be quantified by donations or sales of photographic prints. Your donation is crucial in transferring boxes of film and hours of interviews to this website. Even if you send a few dollars it contributes somewhere - to costs of hosting this website, to film costs and darkroom rental, scanning and printing, to costs of professional audio editing. The direct costs of a single photo session can easily run into hundreds of dollars: Each of the large 8x10 inch sheets of film I use costs about $10-$20 to buy and process, or $100-$200 per subject; drum scanning runs $80-$150 per image to produce a large exhibition-quality digital file; a large exhibit quality print can cost a few hundred dollars, plus framing; and professional audio editing costs $50 an hour.