As photographers at the University of Michigan, there are certain things we are accustomed to photographing: football games at the Big House, Central Student Government, President Schlissel and general happenings around Ann Arbor. This year was different.
With a global pandemic, hostile political climate and a planet on the verge of dying, it is no wonder why so many look to drugs to cope with the existential crises around them. Drugs have always been looming over the youth, from opioid epidemics to Juul releasing flavored tobacco products.
Walking through downtown Ann Arbor on a Saturday night in December, in any other year, would be a lively experience. Bustling sidewalks filled with people shopping, going out to bars, and eating at the many restaurants nearby.