Images have emerged showing the reality of life as a man whose home is filled from floor to ceiling with trash he can’t bring himself to throw away, including piles of newspapers, rotting food and clothes.
The pictures show Jean, a 60-year-old man squeezing himself through a door which is almost closed with rubbish. He is seen Sitting on a tiny square of his bed with a high rise of newspapers to sleep and also inspects the several stacks of food packaging that has taken over his bathroom sink.
Some of the images show the 60-year-old scavenging bins at night and spoilt food laid drying in his home. The local council cleans Jean’s home once a year for health and safety reasons, though he has to pay for the service himself.
Jean is said to have Diogenes syndrome, also known as senile squalor syndrome, a condition which is characterized by self-neglect, social withdrawal, and compulsive hoarding of trash.
Up until 2002, Jean was a building technician, but now he lives off the things he finds in waste bins and on the money he inherited.
French photographer Arnaud Chochon, who lived with the compulsive hoarder for a year, took the pictures while documenting his habits and way of life.
Chochon said he struggled with the smell in Jean’s house but his ability to live there also made Jean trust him and grant him access into his secluded life.He added that Jean is very intelligent and has a lot of knowledge and attends all public lectures, but simply has a different logic from the rest of us.