Baltimore Photographer’s Haunting Images of Woodland Homeless Camps

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Photo via Ben Marcin/ C. Grimaldis Gallery

You may already be familiar with photographer Ben Marcin’s work; we actually featured his striking images of lone rowhouses a few months ago. But Marcin isn’t only an urban photographer; he’s also inspired by the places people make for themselves in the woods, too.

Photo via Ben Marcin/ C. Grimaldis Gallery
Photo via Ben Marcin/ C. Grimaldis Gallery

The Atlantic Cities features some of Marcin’s best photos of “solitude in the built environment” in the series Camps. These are images of makeshift structures in the woodlands around Baltimore. Here’s how Marcin explained this project:

Photo via Ben Marcin/ C. Grimaldis Gallery
Photo via Ben Marcin/ C. Grimaldis Gallery

I have always been interested in the unique places people live in, particularly where there exists an element of defiance or desperation, or both. In these situations, a house can often reflect the dilemma of its owner. In the case of the hobo camps, this reflection is quite pronounced for obvious reasons. A sheet of plastic laid out over a clothesline may be the last stand for somebody who has either been rejected by society or who has refused to conform to whatever rules are being imposed on them. Several camp people I talked to said they wouldn’t relocate into one of the City’s shelters because they were afraid of being assaulted or having belongings stolen.

Read the rest of the interview & see more of Marcin’s photos here.



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