Brenda Ann Kenneally moved to crime-ridden Bushwick, Brooklyn, in the 90s, and befriended a troubled but sweet boy named Andy, whom she photographed for a time. Now an adult, he is her subject once again.
- Andy and Mook, one of the dogs in the abandoned apartment directly across from Brenda Ann Kenneally’s, where Andy would stay instead of going to school. From her windows, Mrs. Kenneally could see inside the apartment. 1997.
- Andy on the first day of school in 1999. He refused to leave his mother, who was battling both heroin and crack addictions. She was trying to get to a methadone clinic but was feeling too sick. Concerned, Andy watched cartoons but kept one eye on his mother.
- Andy often left his father’s house to stay in abandoned buildings on the block, even though he was required to attend school in order to stay home after his mother went to prison. Andy and his brother would sell petty amounts of crack cocaine to get money for food and other necessities. 2000.
- Andy helped out in the neighborhood.
- In July 2012, Andy was drinking on a friend’s porch. An argument erupted and Andy awakened in the hospital. The shooter, whom his friends knew, was on probation and has since been arrested. The bullet remains in Andy’s back in an area near his spinal cord where it is too risky to remove. Doctors told him that similar injuries are often fatal.
- Andy’s brothers said they could not bear to lose another family member after their two brothers were shot to death and their father had a heart attack. The family does not want Andy hanging out alone on the blocks since the shooting, and he has limited his drinking to once a week, staying close to home in his brother’s apartment. September 2012.