Lucas Foglia grew up on a small family farm in New York and graduated from Brown University and the Yale School of Art. Foglia’s work explores the relationships between people, economy and wilderness in rural America. Nazraeli Press published his first book, A Natural Order, in 2012 to critical acclaim. Exhibited internationally, photographs from A Natural Order are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Berkeley Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Victoria and Albert Museum and Museum of Modern Art Library. Foglia’s second book, Frontcountry, focuses on cowboys in the midst of a mining boom in the modern American West. Frontcountry will be published by Nazraeli Press in 2014.
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 the global economic recession, they chose to 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 on 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.
– Lucas Foglia