Photographs by @jackiedivesphoto for a project we have in @VICE magazine's fall 2019 "#borders " issue.
From Jackie: "The photos I took for the most recent print issue of VICE were challenging. The highest priority is respecting the people who are using these facilities, which often means I don’t get a lot of time there. Safe injection sites and hydromorphone clinics are for the people who use them, not for the media. This story in particular is about the difference between the two sides of one space, The Molson Hotel, where on one side of the space patients receive medical grade drugs dispensed and supervised by nurses, and on the other side people bring in their own street drugs and use them under peer supervision. I really wanted to convey the difference between these two spaces but without spending a lot of time there I had to come up with a way to get it across with smaller details. These are two images taken on a single 35mm frame which allowed me to compare the two sides using a half frame film camera. I want to be very clear that both of these spaces are saving lives and are amazing. In the first image you can see plants that decorate the clinic, and on the other side you see a mirror that someone can use to see where to inject themselves in the neck if they are on the safe injection side. In the second image you can see the supply of cookers that people use to cook their drugs, which people don’t need in the clinic because the medical grade drugs come pre-dispensed in liquid form in a needle. At the clinic, instead of cookers, they have free coffee. And in the third image, the clinic has a photo of the only two people who use the service who have passed away, versus a bulletin board covered in missing persons posters."
To read the article, visit http://bit.ly/2ZcRdgW or Google "vice + lupick".
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