Antonius Wiriadjaja was walking to the subway in Brooklyn on July 5th 2013 when he was inexplicably shot in the chest. At first he didn’t realise what had happened, his first thought concern for those around him. Antonius had been caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. The bullet had been fired at a woman walking in front of him by a boyfriend who believed she had been unfaithful.
As a result of his misfortune Antonius was in a coma for 4 days, however he was lucky in that the bullet missed his vital organs and slanted downwards into his abdomen.
He was deeply affected both mentally and physically, and has been attempting to deal with these scars in his blog How I Survived a Gunshot to the Gut. Since about three weeks after the incident Antonius has been uploading selfies of himself, nearly always in the same position. The project began after he posted a single image to social media and received a riot of responses. Since then he has uploaded a photo each day, totalling about 450 at the moment. He has yet to decide when he should stop and declare the healing process officially over.
‘I’m so happy to be alive,’ says Wiriadjaja on his website. ‘And I’m so happy to have a body that heals. But this is what happens when guns get into the hands of lunatics who can’t aim. Look at it. Deal with it.’
Check out all the images here and keep up to date with Antonius’ ongoing healing and campaign for gun control.