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Fascinating Photos Documenting The Life Of Squatters In Leeds, UK

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Fascinating Photos Documenting The Life Of Squatters In Leeds, UK

During the recession between 2009 and 2013, Ricky Adam spent his time documenting squatters living in Leeds, U.K.

The series is called Edge of Living and it documents the ups and downs of living on the street. Daily life looked like drinking, smoking, looking for running water and electricity, and dumpster diving.

...banks were repossessing houses at a ferocious rate. Properties lay vacant all over the city.

“If anything, the recession was an enabler,” Adam says of that time period, ”banks were repossessing houses at a ferocious rate. Properties lay vacant all over the city.

At one point, there were at least five different squat houses all within a mile of each other, some literally streets away from the next.”

In addition to chronicling squatter's daily lives, Adam's work covers the changes that took place in squatting laws during that time.

Now, the police have the power to arrest and remove squatters, then and there, no questions asked.

“In 2012 a law was passed in the UK to make squatting residential houses illegal, before, evicting squatters was part of civil law," Adam says. "Whoever owned the property had to go through the courts to evict, a process that could take three to six months. Now, the police have the power to arrest and remove squatters, then and there, no questions asked. I know people reading this may disagree with squatting in general, but you have to understand there are many vacant buildings in and around Leeds, that have been lying vacant for years. This group only lived in buildings that had been empty for a long, long time.”

These days, squatting has become far more difficult and the legal consequences, much higher. The locations shown in Adam's series are now empty of squatters and likely only inhabited by rats.

Want to see more from this series? Check out the full collection on Adam's website.

Via Herb

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