When Marie was a girl, she dreamed of becoming a professional dancer and auditioned for the National Ballet School of Canada. Q: “What do you think people on the outside see in this photo?” A: “Just a girl who is playful, carefree, and fun loving. Maybe had some sort of dance background or some gymnast background, or something.” A: “Does the photo accurately represent you?” A: “Sure. Because, you know, a needle in my arm is only ten per cent of who I am. The other parts are going to a park and playing, having fun outside and watching children play. Yeah. Being as much a part of as I can be in the community.” Q: “What do you hope people get out of the photograph? What do you want to show?” A: “That I’m not just some dirty, mistrusting, drug addict from the skid row.”

“A Needle In My Arm Is Only 10% Of Who I Am”

Heroin-assisted treatment allows Marie to inject drugs safely, away from the streets. Through these photos, she explains that she is more than her addiction

Aaron Goodman
Mar 13, 2016 · 5 min read

PART THREE: MARIE’S STORY

Marie self-injects her medication at Providence Healthcare’s Crosstown Clinic in Vancouver.
Marie crosses Vancouver by bus with her cat to try finding her mother whom she hasn’t seen in two years.
Marie’s cat tries to escape from its carrier bag several times during the trip.
Marie approaches an apartment building where she thinks her mother may live. She hasn’t seen her mother in over two years.
Marie searches for her mother’s name on an apartment intercom system.
Marie relaxes in her room in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.


Vantage

Perspectives on Visual Storytelling

Aaron Goodman

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Photo, multimedia, documentary. Human rights & genocide. Founder @storyturns.

Vantage

Vantage

Perspectives on Visual Storytelling