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Yet in Europe of 21st century there are people who revive medieval times!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

/ by Sajjad Sarwar
At their free will these people have decided to abandon the modern and totally comfortable western lifestyle to live on their own in remote areas reliant on nature and their skills. It generally accepted that today's everyday life can be really hostile to our physic health and many people are dreaming of escaping to the tranquil isolation of the rural countryside at least for a weekend. And I think most of us wouldn't bear more than a month. I believe that it takes real guts to disavow the amenities of our civilization no matter how we love to hate it!
To make things clear we are talking about the modern Robinson Crusoe who have escaped the real world and continued their lives retreating deep into the wilderness, sacrificing modern comforts for greater autonomy and freedom. French photographer Antoine Bruy hitchhiked across Europe from 2010 to 2013, wandering through remote mountain regions without any fixed destination or route in mind. Along the way, he met several individuals who had followed a far more different way of life than usual and he decided to make a tribute...
In his series Scrublands, Bruy documents the homes and faces of the people he encountered, by chance, who live far away from civilization. He spent days or even weeks as their guest just to know them better and see with his own eyes their everyday life, the difficulties and find out how self-sufficient lifestyles can be measuring the sacrifices. During his wandering he met former teachers, students, and engineers who now rely on makeshift buildings, recovered materials, and agriculture in order to survive.
Bruy's compelling photos capture the idyllic and rustic beauty of living a Walden-esque existence in these 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."
Act of valor or cowardice? Difficult to answer...One is certain that it takes a lot of courage to give up all these amazing facilities that our civilization provides lavishly but on the other hand it is rather faint hearted to leave when things didn't turn out exactly you like them to be...However it's an amazing work that helps us realize that there is an alternative too...not that far but not even close!

Source: Mymodernmet

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