TIFA 2023 Book / Documentary


  • Prize
    Bronze in Book/Documentary
  • Photographer
    Andree Thorpe
  • Agency / Studio
    Andree Thorpe Photography
  • Technical Info
    Book - Documentary Project On Jesse - Heroin Addict On Methadone Program Who Became A Farmer
  • Photo Date
    2014 to 2020

Jesse is a farmer at Lemoine Point Farm; he is also a heroin addict and a methadone user. But addiction doesn’t define Jesse—his story is one of entrepreneurship, creativity, and a strong desire to live a healthier life. Jesse’s therapy comes from working on the farm and being a caretaker. He now raises chickens, pigs, cows, and sheep with an ethic of maintaining biodiversity and respecting the land. The farm gives him peace and a new focus: The animals are his protectors. Nature calms him down. Jesse’s story is one of a daily push and pull, of the continuous cycle of life and death.