Chasing Time and Light to Tell Stories

 Brandie, 18, at sunset  follow story

Brandie, 18, at sunset follow story

The number of overdoses kept rising. The reality of growing up in Akron is that those numbers became people I knew. I wanted to humanize the heroin crisis by turning statistics into stories.

My name is Alyssa and I am a documentary photographer from Akron, Ohio. Last summer, I met someone who changed my life. Her name is Brandie, and I am telling her story to show others what it’s like to live with addiction. Following her journey helped me let go of the grudges I’ve kept from watching my own loved ones struggle with addiction. We want this story to do the same for others.

Brandie now refers to her life as a story, and notices that these pictures go in a pattern, such as life. I owe my strengths as a photojournalist to her.

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