Art & Design

Photo Gallery: The Communes, Squats, Festivals and Punk Houses of America

Art & Design

Photo Gallery: The Communes, Squats, Festivals and Punk Houses of America

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“Most of the subject matter in my photography are people and places I’ve come across during the time I lived in Venice Beach, CA and also during my travels from the past few summers and beyond,” John Kilar, a self-described nomadic artist, tells me. For the past couple years he’s been on the road from New Orleans, Seattle, Portland, Eugene, Austin and beyond, documenting the beautiful, weird, and weirdly beautiful he’s encountered along the way.

Much of that travel has taken him to underground festivals and outre gatherings, communes and communal living environments, squats and punk houses.

“I’ve been on a search to explore counterculture while exposing myself to alternative lifestyles and environments,” he says. “I’ve spent a lot of time off the grid in the past few recent months. In the mountains of Northern California, also in islands and valleys in Hawaii.”

“I enjoy photographing anything and anyone who comes across my way that I find to be intriguing and visually stimulating. I mainly intend to influence my audience, but I also tend to provoke from time to time. I’m a compulsive documenter and like to make people simply feel.”

Check out some of his recent photos here, and see more from Kilar at his Instagram.

All photos by John Kilar.