THESE ARE OUR OBJECTS
This series of daguerreotypes highlights illegal drug use and drug addiction within Australia. The use of drugs is now relatively common and affects all levels of Australian society both directly and indirectly. Drug use and addiction doesn't discriminate based on race, gender, wealth or class. While drugs themselves may not discriminate against members of our society, sadly our society does discriminate against those within our community who become drug addicts. Drug users can feel alienated from their community, particularly as this contentious topic results in a reluctance to seriously discuss the use of illegal substances. This has lead to a lack of support for people who want or need help to recover from drug abuse.
It is important to talk about the use of illegal drugs in Australia. To encourage people in our community to seek help before their addiction results in harm to themselves or others. As someone who has had problems with drug addiction in the past, I am aware of the issues that can ensue.
These are our objects seeks to create a dialogue around this subject. I have attempted to begin a conversation by photographing homemade drug paraphernalia created from everyday objects and used during the years I was addicted to marijuana and amphetamines. I hope by sharing my story it will help to break down the stigma associated with drug use and create a greater awareness of the hazardous nature of its accessibility.
- James Tylor, 2015