Regaining Control Of My Life

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Photographic Artist  Daniel Keys is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this photo essay.  From the project ‘145 Nights’.  To see Daniel’s body of work, click on any image.

 

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Thom, 6 Nights

 

Jylle, 114 Nights

 

Jess, 1 Night

 

“On the 17th February 2013 I packed a suitcase with enough clothes for a week, alongside my camera & some film, my laptop and got on a train to London. I had just received the news I was to start working full time at an art retailer. Five months and five days later I finally moved into my own room.

After 145 nights of sleeping in six different beds, two sofa’s, a futon and a mattress and working nine hours a day, five days a week, living out of a suitcase in a cupboard I was struck with an overwhelming spectrum of conflicting emotions. It took me so long to secure my own room due to the fact that not only is rent extortionate, the increased probationary period when working within retail means that a new starter has between three and six months before knowing they have a secured regular income. I was earning just over £13,000 a year before tax, which didn’t give me much of a chance to save up for the deposit.

These circumstances are similar to a large range of graduates, I am by no means special. My situation is better then the majority of the population, In the UK 2.51 million are unemployed. With the added government cutbacks within the benefits sector it is becoming harder to not only find work but to find sufficient funding for daily life.

This project is a photographic autobiography of this transitional period into regaining full control of my life.” Written in late 2013.

 

Gemma, 4 Nights

 

Ange, 1 Night

 

Rasha, 3 Nights

 

Or, 5 Nights

 

All images © Daniel Keys

 

 

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