This Is How MDMA, Cocaine And LSD Look Like?

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Impressionist paintings of absinthe drinkers and Woodstock-era psychedelic posters cement the strong historical relationship between the visual arts and drug culture. Now, discover, what substances like GHB, MDMA, Crystal Meth and LSD look like!

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Photo of crystal meth by Sarah Schönfeld

Schönfeld’s collection of images document all manner of mind-altering substances from nightclub favorites like ecstasy and MDMA to the more sedate prescriptions you might find in your grandmother’s medicine cabinet.

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Photo of GHB by Sarah Schönfield

The simple, repetitive compositions allow viewers to compare the drugs in an almost clinical fashion—and to discover uncomfortable similarities between seemingly disparate drugs.

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crank and coffein photo by Sarah Schönfield

For instance, speed and caffeine share a nearly identical spiky, abrasive appearance that might lead some to reconsider just how healthy their relationship with cappuccinos really is.

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photo of pcp by Sarah Schönfield

This is how she made her photos:

Each of the wall-sized images started with a single piece of film exposed to a dark, neutral background. As the film was developing she put a single drop of the drug, diluted in water or alcohol, onto the negative, which kickstarted a chemical reaction between the emulsion and illicit substance, leading to an explosion of colors and shapes.

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photo of MDMA by Sarah Schönfield

Her psychedelic photography gives all these substances—which are nowadays pills, powders, liquids—a face, however abstract and distant it might be.

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photo of ketamine by Sarah Schönfield

These illicit drug photographs represent a glimpse into the artful side of addiction.

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cocain photo by Sarah Schönfield

And now the perverse question. Based on these photographs, which one would you like to try?

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LSD Picture by Sarah Schönfield

For more amazing pictures, look at this gallery!

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