Owen Harries photographs Robert, a forty-two year old recovering heroin addict from Cwmbran, South Wales
Words by Owen Harries
This is the story of Robert, a forty-two year old recovering heroin addict. He has spent seventeen years of his life addicted to heroin, six months of those in prison. Due to his epilepsy he is unable to drive or work. He lives in a tower block in Cwmbran, South Wales.
A building in disrepair, crippled with concrete cancer, it has twenty floors and eighty flats. It is the place where the unwanted are put, filled with drug addicts, drug dealers, alcoholics, convicted pedophiles, amongst other people scraping a living below the poverty line. In the middle of all of this, Robert lives on the tenth floor.
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