Today we share the on-going series of French photographer Antoine Bruy’s Scrublands, about men and women of Europe who live isolated from civilization.
From 2010 to 2013 Antoine Bruy traveled across a number of European mountain ranges, including the Carpathians and the Pyrenees, to document people who are trying to gain, in his words, “greater energy, food, economic, or social autonomy.”
Nowadays, we feel inspired by people who have made the radical choice to live away from cities, willing to abandon their lifestyle based on performance, efficiency and consumption (see our “Off The Grid” story)
It is fascinating to see how people live without exploiting their land and how time has lost it’s tight linearity, working a slow, deliberate pace. Days and nights that work with seasons and lunar cycles.
Antoine’s photo series captures existence at its rawest, documenting the independence of humans. The images portray contentment, absence of dictatorship and more importantly self-sufficiency.
His fascination for personal adequacy stems from a working trip he had taken to an organic farm in 2006, whilst backpacking in Australia.
The shots are idyllic and inviting enough to make you consider abandoning the monotony of the city.
Next year, Bruy plans to continue his project, which he calls “Scrublands,” in the United States.