Baltimore's people of the woods: Inside the hidden homeless camps made of milk crates, wooden doors and tarps on the outskirts of town
Photographer Ben Marcin's series 'The Camps' captures makeshift settlements near railway lines, gas stations, Walmarts and bridges
He said many of Baltimore's homeless feel safer in the woods than in shelters
While most homes are made from tarps, some more elaborate constructions use milk crates and wooden doors
By Daily Mail Reporter
PUBLISHED: 10:48 EST, 21 February 2014 | UPDATED: 10:48 EST, 21 February 2014
A sheet of plastic laid over a clothesline. A mini-fortress of milk crates stacked under a tree. A thin mattress on a flimsy crate lying in a dark tunnel.
On the edge of Baltimore's woodlands, dozens of the city's transients live in makeshift homes which they consider safer than homeless shelters.
Photographer Ben Marcin has captured some of the shanties in his thought-provoking photo essay, 'The Camps', documenting the struggle, loneliness and ingenuity of Maryland's people of the woods.
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