By Anna Edwards
Many would automatically assume judgements about those caught in the grip of drug addiction.
But one photographer has sought to overcome the stereotypes by presenting both faces of a drug addict – the classic before and after picture.
Using make up and models, Roman Sakovich showed one half of a face ravaged by drugs, including cut lips, scabbed skin, matted hair.
But he also peeled back the years to show the person before their descent into addiction, showing them in smart clothes with neat hair.
These startling photos, posed by subjects, are part of Mr Sakovitch’s ‘Half’ project, which he created with make up ‘in order to explore the outsiders superficial judgement of the same person before and after drug abuse’, according to Features Shoot .
He split his subject’s images in half and stitched the before and after images together, the website reported.
The project was born while Mr Sakovitch was studying photography at the Arts University College at Bournemouth, where he graduated last year.
His website, Roman Sakovtich, says: ‘The majority of his work investigates the development of an evolving post-Soviet society and the attendant cultural changes in a progressive world.
‘Capturing it in the way he sees it, shaped by his multi-cultural upbringing.’
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