Fragile Worlds
Journal E



Faces of Steinway


Chaz
Chaz
Chaz was the youngest boy at steinway. At nine years old, he was also the most moody. And very quiet. One minute he would share a laugh with you and another minute later he would be angry and cursing at you. I learned from the staff that he exhibited bipolar tendencies - a diagnosis usually reserved for much older children and adults. However, I found him to be likeable and very thoughtful. He left Steinway this year and is somewhere in the foster care system.


Darin
Darin
Darin was 11 years old when I met him. After my project at Steinway was completed, I went back to the residence for his 12th birthday. We were happy to see each other and I gave him pictures. He loved sports, was always clowning around and loved to be the center of attention. He took ritalin to control his attention deficit disorder. Darin is currently living with his extended family outside of New York City.



Rolando
Rolando
Rolando was 11 years old when I photographed him in 1996. He came to Steinway after his father was sentenced to do time at Rikers Island. Despite Rolando's struggle with problems of anger and aggression, I liked him for all his good qualities - he is energetic, funny and very intelligent. He is now living with a foster family.




Shiniqua
Shiniqua
Shiniqua was for a time, the only girl at Steinway. She and I were good friends. Although she knew my name, she liked calling me "the picture-taking man." She was also diagnosed with bipolar disorder because of her severe mood swings. She loved to dance, sing, and play rough with the boys. At age ten, she seemed very mature, yet had a girlishness not lost to her traumatic background. She is now living with her aunt.


Tommy
Tommy
Tommy had problems relating to others and found it difficult to be part of the group. He was brought to Steinway because of problems at home. His parents couldn't cope with his behavior. I photographed him over the course of only three weeks because he was new to the residence and arrived shortly before I finished my project. Tommy is a wide eyed, curious boy. He is back with his family.




© Timothy Fadek 1998

stories | thumbnails | comments
  about fragile worlds      photographs