|Acorn with Possum Stew, Wildroots Homestead, North Carolina|
From 2006 through 2010, I 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, they 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 have websites that they update using laptop computers, and cell phones that they charge in 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.
|Homeschooling Chalkboard, Tennessee|
|David in his Wigwam, Kevin’s Land, Virginia|
|Fish Cooked in Campfire Ashes, Falling Leaves Rendezvous, Georgia|
|Rita and Cora Aiming, Tennessee|
|Patrick and Anakeesta, Tennessee|