Throughout human history, many people who have abandoned the amenities afforded by civilization, electing instead to tough it out all alone in the wilderness, have been highly respected, even considered holy. Well, the men, women and children you are about to see have followed the same time-honored path and French photographer Antoine Bruy has documented their lives.
Mr. Bruy hitchhiked across Europe from 2010 to 2013, passing through remote mountain locations as he went without any firm route in mind. Throughout his travels he met individuals and families who had chosen life in the wilderness and took photos of them, which in time would compose his book Scrublands. Mr. Bruy said:
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. 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.
Here is what he saw:
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