LOS ANGELES (FOX 11) - If you follow Pablo Unzueta (@unzuetaphotos) on Instagram, you've seen some of his incredible portraits.
The Van Nuys native has used his photography skills to document the lives of the city’s homeless population and those affected by drug abuse.
POMONA, CALIFORNIA - A portrait of Jerry, 63, who lives underneath the freeway bridge with his girlfriend, Lydia. Both Jerry and Lydia are heroin addicts. #portrait #photojournalism #documentary #documentaryphotography #blackandwhite #poverty #humanrights #nikon #nikond4s #everydayUSA #reportagespotlight
USA: Pomona, California. Jerry never talked about quitting his meth addiction. He has been smoking meth on and off for 40 years. Meth is smoked often by users for the quick head rush, as the drug stimulates the brain. However, over time, meth causes severe decay in the teeth and extreme weight loss; not to mention paranoia, depression, violent behavior and loss of sleep. For Jerry, smoking meth is a weekly habit. I remember we had a conversation about getting him help and he dismissed it as harmless to his own health. Sometimes Jerry uses a high dosage that makes him unable to walk normally. There is a chance Jerry might not ever get to retain his sobriety unless he agrees to get help. But let us not forget that the U.S. criminal justice system continues to fail people like Jerry who are struggling with mental health and drug related issues. Most of the time people with drug addictions end right back into the prison system instead of rehabilitation centers. #humanrights #photojournalism #everydayUSA #blackandwhite #documentary #documentaryphotography #reportagespotlight #nikon #nikond4s #lfimagazine #one__shot__
Unzueta stopped by Studio 11 LA on Thursday, and says his passion for photography was influenced by his grandmother who worked as a wedding photographer.
Watch the interview above!