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Photographer Antoine Bruy takes on a journey through rural Europe as he searches for the meaning of life within isolation from city life. Mesmerized by the notion of living life off the grid, for 3 years he attempts to find meaning in returning to a life in the wild to a place of simplicity.
Here is what Antoine says about Scrublands: "From 2010 to 2013, I hitchhiked throughout Europe with the aim to meet men and women who made the radical choice to live away from cities, willing to abandon their lifestyle based on performance, efficiency and consumption. Without any fixed route, driven by encounters and chance, this trip eventually became for me a similar kind of initiatory quest to those of these families. The experiments are here display various fates which I think should not only be seen at a political level, but more importantly as daily and immediate experiences."
(continued) "The heterogeneity of places and situations shows us the beautiful paradox of the pursuit of a utopia through permanent empirical attempts and sometimes errors. Unstable structures, recovered materials, or multiple applications of agricultural theories allow us to see the variety of human trajectories. All of which aiming at developing strategies to gain greater energy, food, economic or social autonomy."
(continued)"These are in some way spontaneous responses to the societies these men and women left behind. Therefore their land is exploited but never submitted, the time has lost his tight linearity to become a slow and deliberate pace. No more clock ticking but the ballet of days and nights, seasons and lunar cycles."
I wish I was better at documentary style photographs like this (I know it's not a documentary, but I have difficulty shooting people).
@danidee I think the ambiguity of the photos is inherent to the project at hand. For someone lost in searching for the meaning, they aren't going to know what they are looking for. I think it's the job of the viewer to make their own connections and meanings while viewing the photographs :)
I wonder which parts of Europe are captured here. It seems a bit ambiguous, although the photos themselves are really beautiful.