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Monday, October 18, 2010

Lucas Foglia - Re-Wilding

I think that the title of Lucas Foglia's Re-Wilding project is so perfect. Lucas spent time photographing a group of people who left (most of) the comforts of typical American life to go back to the basics of human survival. It's a little disappointing, though, that the subjects aren't super purist about their lifestyle (reminds me of the NY Times article on a family that moved to Alaska to live in a yurt - no toilet, but they did have broadband internet!) - many apparently have laptops, internet and cell phones. I guess that no matter how disconnected one wants to be from modern life, there is still a deep desire to be connected to the larger world and community in some way. In Lucas Foglia's own words:
Since 2006 I have traveled throughout the southeastern United States, befriending, photographing, and interviewing a network of people who left cities and suburbs to live off the grid. Motivated by environmental concerns, religious beliefs, or predictions of economic collapse, my subjects build their homes from local materials, obtain their water from nearby springs, and hunt, gather, or grow their own food.

All the people in my photographs are working to maintain a self-sufficient lifestyle, but no one I found lives in complete isolation from the mainstream. Many of my subjects have websites that they update using laptop computers, and cell phones that they charge on car batteries or solar panels. They do not wholly reject the modern world. Instead, they step away from it and choose the parts that they want to bring with them.
Via Jia Za Zhi.

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