Graduate captures lives of recovering addicts in Sheffield

Photography graduate Rosy Nesbitt who has been documenting recovering addicts for 2 years
Photography graduate Rosy Nesbitt who has been documenting recovering addicts for 2 years
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The struggles faced by recovering drink and drug addicts in Sheffield have been captured in a series of photographs by a university graduate.

Rosy Nesbitt has taken photos which show glimpses into the lives of people as they try to kick their addictions to drug and alcohol, and attempt to regain lifestyles without substance misuse.

The 24-year-old began her project, A Portrait of Recovery, two years ago as part of her final show for her photography degree at Sheffield Hallam University.

She began volunteering for Sheffield Alcohol Support Service, which helps people change their lives by offering a range of specialist alcohol, drug and family services.

Now she hopes her work will help to promote the services available to recovering addicts in Sheffield, and offer those who feel isolated information about where they can get help.

Rosy, of Bramall Lane, Sheffield, said: “I wanted to concentrate on individuals who are trying to reclaim their lives from drug and alcohol abuse, so I began volunteering at Sheffield Alcohol Support Services.

“The service provides support and a safe environment for people in the community to develop non-drinking lifestyles, bridging the gap between treatment and the outside world.

“My intent was to record the actions of those who are trying to reclaim their lives.

“These are individuals that we might disregard as members of society. I can honestly say they are some of the nicest and funniest people I have ever met, and it has been a privilege to have been able to work with them.”

Her photographs include portraits of some of those getting help and glimpses into their everyday lives, such as activities they do as part of their recovery.

After Rosy finished her degree – and was awarded first class honours – she continued with the project.

It has now been selected to be part of Archive Sheffield, which features work showing contemporary Sheffield.

Rosy, who also runs a wedding photography business with her partner, added: “It’s an ongoing project which concentrates on including the excluded, and reveals the often-overlooked issues that such individuals have to face.”

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