My interviews begin with photographing each subject’s eyes. I chose to photograph only their eyes to preserve their anonymity, but soon I realized that focusing on eyes encourages a more intimate connection with the viewer.
People often ask if I focus on the eyes because they are the windows into the soul. The eyes do, indeed, give us unique access. I was enthralled with how much a simple gaze could communicate.
My intention is to present this series of one hundred and fifty eye blocks in fountains and reflecting pools across the country. We walk past people who are slumped over on the sidewalk from addiction, but we are socialized to never walk past someone who is drowning. By changing the physical relationship of the viewer to the addiction sufferer, I hope to begin changing the emotional relationship.