This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty and prostitution in Hunts Point, Bronx. For more on the series, look here.
Last week, Chris and I visited a crack house, Diana and John’s apartment. Here’s a 10-minute look inside, at the languid humanity we found within — radio, Phil Collins, the worry of where they’ll stay next. The two discuss Diana’s job as a prostitute, her income and John’s role. I chose a longish sequence to convey the civility and measure behind something societally known as dark, mysterious and filled with “bad people” — a crack house. Danger exists (Chris and I were warned mid-way through this video), but it’s not omnipresent.
About the Author: I write on culture, poverty, and addiction, and teach public school in New York City's South Bronx, recovering from stints as a chemist and interactive TV producer. Follow on Twitter @cassierodenberg.