07 Mar BRANDY, 2004 – 2009 – 2014
BRANDY, 2004 – 2009 – 2014
Brandy lives in a trailer on the countryside with her alcoholic father and her six months old son Christian. Life is poor and messy, but abortion was never an option. George W Bush is soon to be re-elected, and there are many in Missouri supporting the strict abortion laws. Brandy just turned 19, I am 20. I follow her every step and every mood swing, help taking care of Christian, and we talk a lot about the differences of our lives.
Same trailer. Same father, but he is in detox now. Brandy has always been skinny, but now she is boney. Her eyes are tired. The kids – she got two more – are gone, Brandy lost custody due to drug abuse. She has married and divorced. I clean up the kitchen mess, listen, give advices. I hardly photograph anything.
After years of no contact I finally find Brandy on Facebook. She looks healthier and happier on the photos. She stopped using drugs, lives with her new boyfriend and their little daughter, Brandy’s fourth child, in a St Louis suburb. The boyfriend has a job. Brandy’s father passed away last fall. Christian is nine years now, he lives with his grandmother together with his two sisters. They recently started visiting Brandy in weekends. Grandma is their mother, Brandy is their “birthmom”.