Kensington Blues – A Hardcore Photo Blog

El fly-by

El fly-by (Photo credit: Tim McFarlane)

So a friend of mine told me about this blog called Kensington Blues.  I thought, “hey, I’m from Philly, knew a lot of ‘Kenso’s’ growing up after junior high school, this should be interesting.”

Interesting was an understatement after I saw the photos of addicts on the streets of Kensington.  I forced myself to look into their eyes of quiet desperation.  My eyes darted over the real-life backdrops of littered streets, graffiti covered buildings and the devastating picture of Nichol who looks no older than fourteen.

Heartbreaking.

The truth is no one wants a life on the street, selling their ass to get high or peddling for change to get another fix.  Life just goes that way for some.  I can’t explain it and I know in my heart that any of those women could have been me.  That stark reality is forever at the forefront of my mind when I see a bottle of booze or happen to be within earshot of someone talking about drugs.

It is a life to which no one aspires.  Sometimes it creeps in like a slow, ugly plague.  Other times, it punches you in the throat when you’re thrown out of the house at eighteen or molested by a trusted adult.

Us addicts and alcoholics spent many minutes on our knees, begging God for salvation or death, whichever should come first.

Please, take a look at the blog.  The life of an addict isn’t always some fancy story surrounded by a dysfunctional family in a three bedroom rancher portrayed on ‘Intervention.’  It can be much darker and sadistic.

See for yourself.

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Comments

  1. For anyone feeling genuine concern about this, I would suggest regular donations to either Teen Challenge or Union Gospel Mission – or both. Most major cities in the U.S. have a local campus of one or both of these ministries, which are dedicated to turning addicts and alcoholics into productive citizens, using the Gospel to bring divine help to the process of healing and overcoming.

  2. No one grows up and says “I want to be an addict/alcoholic”, that is for sure. As you said, it does creep up on you, its devastating. But if and when it does, be prepared to do a journey of your life and work with your demons to help you get through it. I just hope and wish more people had help and a support system, there are so many people who don’t. It makes me sad.

    • It has been an amazing journey for me so far… that’s for sure… All we can do is carry the message and help the next suffering addict/alcoholic… and I know what you mean about wishing people had help… it’s a tougher road for some than others… thanks for stopping by and commenting, Stina..

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