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Inside the home of a hoarder: One man's collection is so bad he can hardly get through doors or lie down to sleep



Jean struggles to squeeze through the door to his home - and only has a tiny patch of bed left to sleep on.

The home of a hoarder has been revealed in a series of poignant images that show just how difficult daily life can be for people with an obsession with worthless objects.

A photographer spent a year living with a man who has collected so much stuff that he can barely squeeze through his doors, and only had a tiny patch of bed left to sleep on.

The moving pictures show 60-year-old Jean in his home - which is piled high with newspapers and stacks of food packaging.

One image shows his bathroom sink is completely unusable, and full of takeaway cartons.



Other photographs show Jean scavenging in bins at night and perished food laid drying out in his home.

The photographs were taken by French photographer Arnaud Chochon, 44, in France using a Canon 5D camera.

."In my pictures you can see Jean's apartment and all the things he brings into it. He finds them in the bins where he collects items every night without exception, mainly food, newspapers and unusual objects that he will not use," said Arnaud.

"I really wanted to show the contrast between illness and intelligence of this man.

"I like sociological subjects because they show that some people have very different sides to them.

Jean scavenges though bins every night to find new objects to add to his collection.

Jean was a building technician until 2002 and now lives of the things he finds in bins and money he inherited.

The council clean his home once a year for health and safety reasons, a service he has to pay for himself.

Arnaud said that the lack of space in which to take photographs was restrictive and struggled with the smell at times, he explained how he built Jean's trust to be granted access into his secluded life.

Source: Mirror


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