Pixie and Kyd's Duet, Falling Leaves Rendezvous, Georgia 2007

Pixie and Kyd’s Duet, Falling Leaves Rendezvous, Georgia 2007

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

Cora in a Realtree Camouflage Dress, Tennessee 2008

Cora in a Realtree Camouflage Dress, Tennessee 2008

Woodcutting, Russell Creek Community, Tennessee 2010

Woodcutting, Russell Creek Community, Tennessee 2010

Rita and Cora Aiming, Tennessee 2007

Rita and Cora Aiming, Tennessee 2007

Creek, Kevin's Land, Virginia 2009

Creek, Kevin’s Land, Virginia 2009

Acorn with Possum Stew, Wildroots Homestead, North Carolina 2006

Acorn with Possum Stew, Wildroots Homestead, North Carolina 2006

Cora Going Fishing on the Tennessee River, Tennessee 2009

Cora Going Fishing on the Tennessee River, Tennessee 2009

Natalie Carrying Firewood, Wildroots Homestead, North Carolina 2006

Natalie Carrying Firewood, Wildroots Homestead, North Carolina 2006

National Geographic, Wildroots Homestead, North Carolina 2008

National Geographic, Wildroots Homestead, North Carolina 2008

Ajna Nursing, Acorn Community, Virginia 2006

Ajna Nursing, Acorn Community, Virginia 2006

Car Parts, Tennessee 2008

Car Parts, Tennessee 2008

Lowell Cultivating with Pickup Truck and Ox Plow, Tennessee 2008

Lowell Cultivating with Pickup Truck and Ox Plow, Tennessee 2008

Bhajan Wrestling, North Carolina 2009

Bhajan Wrestling, North Carolina 2009

Scarecrow, Tennessee 2008

Scarecrow, Tennessee 2008

Nolan Scything the Lawn, Tennessee 2008

Nolan Scything the Lawn, Tennessee 2008

Jasmine, Hannah and Vicki Picking Jewelweed, Tennessee 2007

Jasmine, Hannah and Vicki Picking Jewelweed, Tennessee 2007

Victoria Bringing in the Goats, Tennessee 2008

Victoria Bringing in the Goats, Tennessee 2008

Andrew and Taurin Drinking Raw Goat's Milk, Tennessee 2009

Andrew and Taurin Drinking Raw Goat’s Milk, Tennessee 2009