I Should Have Shot That: Boogie’s Lost Girl

06.18.12 Marina Galperina

ANIMAL’s original series asks photographers about that one shot that got away. This week, Boogie recalls the girl that didn’t make it.

Back in 2004, while hanging out with crackheads in the Bedford-Stuyvesant public housing projects in Brooklyn, I noticed this beautiful woman. She was a junkie, but somehow didn’t fit in with the others, she was somehow elegant and clean.

She was friends with some junkies I was very close to, but for some reason I always felt weird asking her to take her picture. I imagined the portraits I would’ve taken of her many times, but I just never asked, I kept postponing it. But then one morning, when I went there, they told me she was dead… found with her throat cut, her body stuffed under her bed. She probably owed some money to her drug dealer. At least, that was the story. Stuff like that happens all the time in the ghetto. Since that happened, I try not to hesitate anymore.

“Boogie” a New York-based, Belgrade-born badass photographer who shot the unrest of the Civil War in Serbia, gangs of New York and the streets of everywhere. I Should Have Shot That! series is illustrated by James Noel Smith.

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