Intervening, but not entirely
February 6, 2011 § Leave a Comment
A&E’s “Intervention” is a powerful program. I’ve watched more episodes than I can count on both hands and might even say that, for awhile, I was addicted to it.
For whatever reason, I’ve always found addiction fascinating, which is why, for my third blog post, I decided to watch “The Ninth Floor” by Jessica Dimmock.
The opening image shows a frail, tired-looking girl. Something I noticed in this picture is how the artwork on the wall behind her, which shows a vampire that has just sucked the blood out of someone, is similar in composition. The image also mirrors the lack of life in her.
The first slide with text sets a time and a place for what’s going on.
“In 2004, anywhere from 20 to 30 young addicts lived in this large New York City apartment on the ninth floor overlooking Fifth Avenue. The apartment was leased to Joe Smith, once a part of the fabled New York art scene of the 1970’s and 80’s.”
Many of the photos mirror what I imagine drug addiction must be like. Darkness is a common element throughout the pictures and those that do feature some light still look painful. Blurred photos were also common throughout this project, which to me illustrates the chaotic, unclear life of a drug addict.
I like that Dimmock chose to follow the stories of three individuals, two of whom, Dionn and Rachel, started dating after being kicked out of the apartment.
A slide with text tells us how tumultuous their relationship was, how they could go from fighting one second to laughing the next, but the pictures also illustrate that clearly. What stuck out the most to me about their relationship through pictures was that we see Dionn smile for the first time when he’s holding their new baby, Matilda.
The one issue I really had with this presentation was the lack of natural sounds. Aside from participant interviews, the only other natural sound we get is the baby crying. A haunting melody plays throughout the piece, which is fitting, but I find it a little overused.