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Portraits From Slab City: ‘The Last Free Place On Earth’

by JORDAN G. TEICHER

October 03, 201210:21 AM

People come to Slab City, a squatter campsite in the Colorado Desert in southeastern California, for many reasons. But one sentiment seems to unite many of them: They want to avoid people like photojournalist Jessica Lum. That is: City people. Taxpayers. Media types.

Which is a tough situation, if you happen to be Lum and you hope to document the people of this community.

  • Neil Mallick. A musician.
     
    Photos courtesy of Jessica Lum
  • Atreyu. A young traveler.
     
    Photos courtesy of Jessica Lum
  • Ryan. Makes moccasins and leather goods.
     
    Photos courtesy of Jessica Lum
  • Cookie. Snowbird landed.
     
    Photos courtesy of Jessica Lum
  • Jordan. In pursuit of an idea.
     
    Photos courtesy of Jessica Lum
  • Bobbie and Sara. Came to Slab City to start a life together.
     
    Photos courtesy of Jessica Lum
  • Wille Lane. With his dog Jack Russell.
     
    Photos courtesy of Jessica Lum
  • Allie Neill. The big sister who takes care of five younger siblings.
     
    Photos courtesy of Jessica Lum
  • Leonard Knight. An artist. Seen at his 80th birthday celebration.
     
    Photos courtesy of Jessica Lum
  • Salvation Mountain, located near the main road to Slab City, was built by Leonard Knight out of adobe clay. At the center, Knight sculpted the words "God Is Love" — what he says is a simple message he wanted to share with the world.
     
    Photos courtesy of Jessica Lum

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