Making a 'squat' a home

Story highlights

  • Photographer Corinna Kern joined squatters in London to document their uncommon lifestyle
  • Kern's images aim to challenge conventional beliefs of what makes a home
  • All the squats Kern visited were in former commercial premises

(CNN)Home means many different things to different people.

It's an idea that intrigues German-born photographer Corinna Kern, who moved into a squatted commercial building for several months in order to document the uncommon lifestyle unfolding behind its walls.
    She first visited a squat -- a building occupied by people who don't own it or pay rent -- out of personal interest in April 2013, while she was in London studying for her master's degree.
    The notion that this interest could be developed into a wider concept only came along a month or two later, she said. The result is a striking collection of photographs and text titled "A Place Called Home," in which she seeks to challenge common preconceptions about squatters -- and explore the idea that home is more a feeling than a physical place.
    Photographer Corinna Kern