Middle class use of Cocaine in South Africa is on the increase. What was once a upper class pastime, is now frequently used by young affluent South Africans. With this increase in demand, the lucrative Cocaine market has erupted in the major cities.
These images look at one of Durban's biggest Coke dealers preparing for the lucrative New Years parties. It took me months to get the necessary trust from him and his gang members to shoot these images. That evening saw two kilograms of cocaine being prepared and sold.
Durban, like most coastal regions,has a high humidity factor. Often the humidity is around 70%, which plays an important role in the distribution of powdered based drugs. The approach taken by X is to seal each measure in a plastic bag, which ensures the humidity doesn't affect the coke. The process adopted by X, which is pretty genius in my experience, is to cut circles out of plastic rubbish bags and then place 0.4grams into the bag, then seal it up with the help of the candle. This way the coke is always kept dry and easily transported.