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PEOPLE LIVING OFF THE GRID

Photographer Antoine Bruy not only traveled and lived with off-grid families for three years, but captured captivating photos of their #Walden-ePsque existence.

Credit: Antoine Bruy

When screeching city noises and demands from the 9-5 job become too much, most people can only dream of what quiet isolation in the rural countryside could be like. But French photographer Antoine Bruy turned that dream into a reality by hitchhiking across Europe from 2010 to 2013.

The artist wandered through remote mountain regions without any fixed destination or route in mind, but along the way met several individuals who had willingly abandoned hectic city life in exchange for retreat in the deep wilderness. These people sacrificed modern comforts for greater autonomy and freedom, and in result became inspiration to the inquisitive photographer.

Credit: Antoine Bruy

In Bruy’s series Scrublands, he documented the homes and faces of the people he countered, by chance, who live far away from civilization. Living with these individuals for days to weeks at a time, Antoine helped them farm land and raise livestock while becoming educated on their self-sufficient lifestyles. Once teachers, students, and engineers, these people now rely on makeshift buildings, recovered materials, and agriculture in order to survive off-grid.

Credit: Antoine Bruy

Credit: Antoine Bruy

Credit: Antoine Bruy

Credit: Antoine Bruy

Credit: Antoine Bruy

The compelling photos capture the rustic beauty and idyllic setting of people who have chosen a -#Walden-esque existence tucked away in secluded, wild environments. “The people and places depicted in my pictures display various fates which I think should not only be seen at a political level, but more importantly, as daily and immediate experiences,” he explains. “These are, in some ways, spontaneous responses to the societies these men and women have left behind. This documentary project is an attempt to make a kind of contemporary tale and to give back a little bit of magic to our modern civilization.”

Credit: Antoine Bruy

Credit: Antoine Bruy

Credit: Antoine Bruy

Credit: Antoine Bruy

Credit: Antoine Bruy

Read More: http://www.trueactivist.com/incredible-photos-of-people-living-off-the-grid-who-abandoned-civilization-for-life-in-the-wilderness/

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Hi I am an old hippie, a "beat" poet and novelist, and digital artist. I was co -editor and publisher of "Alpha Beat Press" alpha beat soup, bouillabaisse and cokefish and cokefishing in alpha beat soup with my late husband Dave Christy. My novel "eeenie meenie minee moe is for sale on amazon books. my other blogs are http://tilliespuncturedromance.wordpress.com about humor and the weird. The blog is named after a Charlie Chaplin movie. http://concretebologna.wordpress.com a blog about world art.

9 responses »

  1. It’s kind of grim and not too much happiness to be seen. Kind of disappointing. I’ve been with some off-the-grid folks who have a joy in their lives, and they are much more organized. Could the difference be that between Americans & Europeans? Curious.

    • you are right-i would be scared to be so defenseless-but they handle it alright-don’t know what i would do without my air conditioners though-it’s 99* here in n.j. best ana

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