Chad Kister locks the gate leading to his private residence on his property in Nelsonville, Ohio on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2017. Kister has a degree in journalism, and is politically active about issues of conservation and politics. Thus, he “[is] being targetet by the secret government,” which seeks to overturn his business and find evidence to destroy his credibility. He owns and operates a hostel in his house and lives in the basement level, which he keeps under high security due to a history of break-ins.
Every angle of Kister’s property can be seen by surveillance cameras, both inside the house and outside.
Kister hangs towels on the clothesline in his yard in Nelsonville, Ohio. He owns a modern, efficient washing machine but hangs the laundry to conserve electricity.
Chad Kister walks his dog, Dude, on his property in Nelsonville, Ohio. Though his property is adjacent to the Wayne National Forest, he no longer leaves his acre of land for fear “that the secret government will break in and cause mayhem.” He has not left his property in over a year.
Kister scrapes food left by an evicted guest into the compost bin, which he eventually uses as fertilizer for his vegetables and bamboo. Plastic bottles of all kinds are used to store water for emergencies.
Chad Kister repairs tile that was damaged by a recent guest, using spare tile from a store house on his property. “I like the mosaic pattern,” he says.
Chad Kister lays old pizza boxes on the ground, which he uses as sheet mulch. He covers the cardboard with compost material to prevent weeds from growing in his garden areas.
Chad Kister sorts through donated clothes, which he sells in a small store in the front of the Bessemer Hostel.
Chad Kister stands for a portrait on his property in Nelsonville, Ohio.
Chad Kister clears brush left by his electric provider from his property in Nelsonville, Ohio. He piles the brush on one side of his property as a natural fence to keep his neighbor’s dog out, but it “also acts as a habitat for all sorts of wildlife.”