A Natural Order

Acorn with Possum Stew, Wildroots Homestead, North Carolina

Lucas Foglia spent several years photographing people in the U.S. who could really give me an education on how to survive.  Its always fascinating to see the different lifestyles people lead.  There is a familiarity in the way these folks have houses amongst the trees and swim in the rivers.  It reminds me of my community.  But as I click through the photos from his A Natural Order project, I realize pretty quickly that I'm more of a city girl than I thought.  The whole series is beautiful and worth spending some time with.  Heres a little description from his website:

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

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