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Meet Jørn

By AnneWorner  
So, let me introduce you to Jørn. I decided on a sepia tone for this image of him. It shows the bare bones of the human without the sometimes distracting bits that color can have. I personally very much like the color version and have uploaded it along with a cropped portrait version. These are the first photos I took of him when we met again this year.

What each of these images shows is the good and kind soul that this young man is, and for whom things went terribly wrong.

Chuck asked if he is homeless. No, he’s not. He receives a monthly “disability” income from the government. It’s adequate, but there’s no extras for frills, and frills is what you need if you are an addict. He was not barefoot when I met him, but his shoes were worn down to nothing. He has new ones now that I got for him.

Through conversations with Jørn, I learned that his problems started in his late teen years.
I understand that he has SAD (Social Anxiety Disorder) which seems to be affecting many young people. He had anxiety attacks and could not even get himself on a bus. This mental anguish, for lack of a better description, led to experimentation with various and many different kinds of drugs (all very available on the streets), and finally to heroin addiction. I was told by an expert in the field that many kids who suffer from SAD end up on drugs as a way of coping.

Over the past year, he has managed to stop using the drugs one by one, but admits total defeat where heroin is concerned. It is a heck of a monkey to have on your back. He is slated to go into rehabilitation on August 12, something he looks forward to. I sincerely hope he makes it. After the rehab he will go work on a “farm” for some period of time.

What’s important here is that he learns to take responsibility for himself.

Looking at the photos, you will be surprised to learn that Jørn is 28 years old, and is the father of two children. He does not live with them currently as he did not want to subject them or his common-law wife to what he terms “his situation”. He lives at home with his parents. His father is on social disability and is an alcoholic. His mother works full-time as a cleaning lady. They also struggle financially.

More will follow. There is another nice lady involved in this story, whom you will meet later.


EXIF Info: 3.6 @1/80 sec – ISO 80

Tags: Mono Portrait Photo journalism Addiction Black and white Duotone Young man Portraits and people Wefi Heroin

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dawnmichelle 14 12 United States
8 Aug 2008 2:51PM
Another touching story and you tell the story so well it is like we are truely meeting him face to face... love all the did a fantastic job
pascalg Plus
14 37 1 France
8 Aug 2008 3:05PM
he looks like a teenager...
incredible story & write up !
sepia works quite well here too
Strobe 14 1.3k United States
8 Aug 2008 3:07PM
Excellent journalism, thanks for sharing and I can not wait for more
foggytwo 18 36 1 Scotland
8 Aug 2008 3:11PM
I like this set of images of this gentleman Anne and I hope everything works out for him. I like the first image with the sepia treatment,works well.
photophantom 13 108 3 Philippines
8 Aug 2008 3:13PM
Great write up and portraiture Anne.
challicew 13 1 1 South Africa
8 Aug 2008 3:49PM
Anne, these photographs are excellent.
I understand all too well the battle with 'h', and the disorders that lead to the victoms becoming addicts.
If you look at his eyes, you can see that 'dead look' as we call it. In the close up you can see that the eye lids are also red rimmed which is a sign that he had probably shot up recently.
Above all I really do hope that he decides that he really does want to recover. The battle is always in the mind! I'll be praying for him.
8 Aug 2008 4:03PM
What a sad story and thanks for this photo of jorn and sharing his history. All three pics are good. Sheila
AnneWorner 14 620 43 United States
8 Aug 2008 4:07PM
Thanks for you comments folks.
Challice, thank you for your observations - I'm glad you pointed out the "signs" - I had not wanted to go into too much detail about "H', but it's good that you pointed this out. It's part of the story also.
sillygirl 13 9 Sweden
8 Aug 2008 4:16PM

Quote:Another touching story and you tell the story so well it is like we are truely meeting him face to face... love all the did a fantastic job

i do agree with Dawn and i really hope it goes well for him and that he will take every chans he´s given to get better. Love all your versions.
Bob_V 14 1 2 United States
8 Aug 2008 4:27PM
What a great series and write up Anne.
fentiger 20 920 24 England
8 Aug 2008 4:32PM
Excellent piece of journalism Anne complemented by some great photographs.

MickyMc 14 8 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2008 4:47PM
Such a handsome young man its a very sad story that could happen to anyone. I pray he gets the help he needs and can see a future for himself
dianah 15 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2008 5:45PM
This is so sad Anne and your portraits are wonderful. I love the mono version. I do so hope that he manages to sort out his life.
hellsbells8868 13 151 2 Wales
8 Aug 2008 5:46PM
What a story....great images....hope he does well..
lostintime 14 13 6 Germany
8 Aug 2008 5:53PM
Superb character study with a sad story behind it. I do hope he has a brighter future ahead.
GalleryGirl 14 4 2 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2008 6:20PM
Awww bless you and him. He looks so sweet and vulnerable.
Marilyn x
Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
8 Aug 2008 6:29PM
Excellent portraits and very poignant story to go with them.
lonely_oryx 14 61 55 England
8 Aug 2008 6:41PM
I prefer #1. Great chatacter shot
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
8 Aug 2008 6:50PM
This is a super bit of photjournalism Anne.The sepia does make it more powerful.
Good stuff here.
robway 16 318 Wales
8 Aug 2008 7:07PM
Superb work and great documentary. Sadly this a too often told story of our times. Hope he makes and his family. Beautifully told Anne.

AnneWorner 14 620 43 United States
8 Aug 2008 7:11PM
Thanks to each and everyone of you for your comments on this, and for taking the time to read the commentary.
Thanks to Challice for your insight, and for what I just learned reading in your PF and your work with addicts
Joline Plus
15 37 59 United States
8 Aug 2008 7:50PM
A good piece of photojournalism, and good for you for becoming involved in what many would consider a fringe of society. Everyone has a story, some achieve a happy ending. I hope he will.
AnneWorner 14 620 43 United States
8 Aug 2008 8:18PM
Thanks for the votes, and Pete, thanks, I think you just made my day with that vote!
SueTurner 17 81 3 England
8 Aug 2008 10:00PM
a good documentary shot with just a good description, look forward to many more shots like this
derekv 14 3 England
8 Aug 2008 10:37PM

Quote:Excellent piece of journalism Anne complemented by some great photographs.


Totally agee with Albert, Anne, terribly sad story, sadly one heard so often. Derek
chuckspics 15 14 United States
9 Aug 2008 12:48AM
Thaanks for answering about homeless, drugs are so dangorious, and more often than not deadly, During the 60;s while stationed in Turkey,I saw so much addiction, keep the story and pics coming, Chuck
imagio 15 12 1 England
9 Aug 2008 12:50AM
Such a sad but common story of so many young people Anne, on my prayer list,

JimV 15 6 3 Canada
9 Aug 2008 2:24AM
How strange Anne, when you first mentioned Jorn in relation to the statue, I was expecting to see someone who looked a lot like it, instead Jorn is a fine, cleareyed and cleancut looking young man, with little, if any, signs of what he has put his body through, it looks like there could be hope for him, I certainly hope so, but he's not helped much by his home life! The fact he's looking forward to rehab is a good sign, I think!
Rgds., Jim
LesF 15 182 9
9 Aug 2008 7:34AM
Excellent the write up and the set of images, really hope the lad makes it reading your write up he deserves a break as a lot of young people do.

Thanks for sharing this.

bliba Plus
16 2 Austria
9 Aug 2008 8:01AM
great set of images and story


Rock 19 10 2 England
9 Aug 2008 9:25AM
I feel you are a very friendly soul who cares for others and is not afraid to talk about it !

Fine work.

We have our Swedish friend coming for a fortnight and is arriving on Monday.

bunbeam 16 2 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2008 9:53AM
wow, what a story.. brilliant shots..
9 Aug 2008 10:38AM
Great write up and wonderful images
Dave87 14 42 5 England
9 Aug 2008 5:21PM
In the beginners group down at the local camera club you learn why male and female portraits are normally lit differently. The males get the hard light - the females get the soft light. This male portrait has been lit superbly.

Hop-A-Long 14 52 1 England
9 Aug 2008 9:38PM
It's a great portrait and is excellent in then Sepia. It is a very sad situation to be in. I only hope he can with the help of others find a way out, for his sake as well as for his partner and children. So, Good luck to him from me.

You are a very kind and thoughtful person and I am glad to know you and have you as a friend through EPZ. Good work Anne.
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
9 Aug 2008 10:01PM
A very sad story you've recounted to us all Anne, let us hope his situation improves in the future. Three excellent portraits
rmr 14 1 Wales
10 Aug 2008 7:33AM
super capture anne ,and a very sad story ,lucky there are some kind people like your"r self around .thanks for sharing and caring .
exposure Plus
17 6.0k United Kingdom
10 Aug 2008 11:40PM
Beautiful lighting and detail Ann a very Sad story but one of hope,I hope all goes well for him on the 12 August.
norton 17 2 6 Jersey
11 Aug 2008 8:11AM
Great set of images Ann,hope all goes well for him at the end of the day............

jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
11 Aug 2008 11:39AM
A touching story, v1 feels more appropriate for this capture

proz 17 205 United States
11 Aug 2008 1:52PM
very nice shot Anne, glad to see you have found your way back Smile
SandraKay Plus
14 233 4 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2008 8:04PM
A fascinating study and write-up.
18 Aug 2008 3:56PM
A very striking portrait, click!

Well done!
TommyStr 15 9 3 Norway
19 Aug 2008 4:39PM
Read the write up with much interest. Very good storytelling, both words and images. Quality portrait Anne
AnneWorner 14 620 43 United States
19 Aug 2008 4:42PM
Takk Tommy - that means a lot coming from you.
Anne Toril
inkarts 17 61 2
21 Aug 2008 11:28AM
The light and shaded face seem to symbolize the problem the young man is having to face. Interesting shot.

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