Pictures taken 'to overcome drug addiction stereotypes'
Page last updated at 12:31 GMT, Tuesday, 20 November 2012
- Former photography student Roman Sakovich has released a set of before-and-after pictures showing how people might look after becoming addicted to crystal meth. The photos were shot in a studio with the subjects' faces split in half using make-up.
- Roman Sakovich started the project while studying at the Arts University College, Bournemouth, where he graduated last year but has only just released them publicly. Make-up was used on one half of the models' faces instead of merging them digitally from two separate pictures.
- Roman Sakovich says his Half project was created "to explore the outsiders' superficial judgement of the same person before and after drug abuse". The photos include a range of people whose hair and features change radically after the supposed use of the Class A drug.
- Last week the National Treatment Agency revealed figures showing the number of people seeking treatment for so-called "club drugs" had risen in the past six years. Last year, 6,486 people were treated for substances such as ecstasy and ketamine - up from 4,656 in 2005-06.
- On his website Roman Sakovich, 26, 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".
- Roman Sakovich has had several photography exhibitions in New York and London. Some of his other projects include Faces, Eastern Europeans and Transformation.
- Roman Sakovich says his project mainly refers to crystal meth which he says has a big impact on a body and which he is trying to show in this series of shots.
- The final before-and-after shot shows a businesswoman who becomes addicted to drugs.