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Incredible Photos of People Living Off The Grid Who Abandoned Civilization for Life in the Wilderness

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Photographer Antoine Bruy not only traveled and lived with off-grid families for three years, but captured captivating photos of their Walden-esque existence.


Image Credit: Antoine Bruy


When screeching city noises and demands from the 9-5 job become too much, most people can only dream of what quiet isolation in the rural countryside could be like. But French photographer Antoine Bruy turned that dream into a reality by hitchhiking across Europe from 2010 to 2013.

The artist wandered through remote mountain regions without any fixed destination or route in mind, but along the way met several individuals who had willingly abandoned hectic city life in exchange for retreat in the deep wilderness. These people sacrificed modern comforts for greater autonomy and freedom, and in result became inspiration to the inquisitive photographer.

Image Credit: Antoine Bruy


In Bruy’s series Scrublands, he documented the homes and faces of the people he countered, by chance, who live far away from civilization. Living with these individuals for days to weeks at a time, Antoine helped them farm land and raise livestock while becoming educated on their self-sufficient lifestyles. Once teachers, students, and engineers, these people now rely on makeshift buildings, recovered materials, and agriculture in order to survive off-grid.

Image Credit: Antoine Bruy


The compelling photos capture the rustic beauty and idyllic setting of people who have chosen a Walden-esque existence tucked away in 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.”



Image Credit: Antoine Bruy


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    • Sunshine

      Looooove the chimney outhouse ! Some of these people just look straight out of West Virginia, though. And that woman looks like she wants to change her mind. This is great for honing yoour skills, but all the time already ? Like, WHOA !

    • Man

      live of the grid? sure, when they are healthy. WHen they are sick or broken something or whatever, willl they not seek medical attention from a hospital?

      • Big dog.../small fish...

        When they get pregnant and need C-sections?? When they go into cardiac arrest?? The possible emergencies are endless. Can you just imagine millions of people living off the grid?? Sets civilization back hundreds of years, don’t you thinki?

        • westgate

          Is that bad?

        • Big dog.../small fish...


          Civilization went down the tube in the middle ages, everything was lost and needed to be either reinvented or rediscovered. We’ve gone a long way since then. Why regress?? Just because some idiots don’t want to pay taxes and utilities?? Well, tell you what – if I were in charge of a hospital and one of these nuts came to be treated I’d say go back to your neck of the woods and treat yourself with plants!

          You don’t want to live in the mainstream, you do not deserve the perks!!

        • NWO for Dummies.

          Yes but a lot of those diseases are caused by modern living, don’t yoiu think?

        • lindarosemary

          What do you think is getting ready to happen to = us? Millions of us are in for a rough ride. Most of us don’t know how to live in privation . Most of us don’t have the skills to survive. But it’s coming and it was orchestrated.

        • Fukusushi

          The trick is to purposefully utilize all of the greatest benefits modern science has to offer without losing our autonomy and ability to guide our own trajectory.

          So…. looking at it this way, if you pay ANY taxes, you are paying for war, when it would be easier, nicer, and cheaper (not to mention better foreign policy) to just feed the people we feel the need to bomb.

        • Mike

          Your fear is what keeps you a prisoner. Don’t put so much faith in mankind. Most of the problems in the world are caused by a small group of children that thinks they own the ignorant masses. As far as taxes are concerned, you like the idea of someone stealing your money with the threat of imprisonment so they can use the money however they choose? You sound like the perfect slave.

        • Big dog.../small fish...

          Not living in YOUR COUNTRY, my taxes also go towards FREE health care, paved roads, good schools and extremely decent social programs…

        • Anonymous

          Choose the right side – God is looking over your shoulder I think need to change your name because if God is looking over your shoulder I am sure he would like what he is seeing, you think you are free but you are not you are a slave just like the rest of us and good schools yeah right our public schools are not good our government tells them what to teach our children and as far as you running a hospital let us all pray that never happens … we have people that have been on welfare for generations and they do not contribute to society like the everyday working person but yet we pay for their food house, children to be born and so and so on so why is that any different than someone living off the grid that is not asking for a hand out from the tax payers that big of a deal to you? I think they are trying to escape the slavery that we are all to stupid or to lazy to escape from or just to afraid that we can not drive down to our local Taco bell or Mcdonalds and get our morning coffee and god forbid we miss our NFL game…

        • mave

          So true.

        • PurplePeopleEater2014

          That is why you are not in charge of a hospital. Another hypocritical jackass who thinks just because someone does not living under our current society they do not deserve fair treatment at a medical clinic.

          I hope god was not looking over your shoulder when you typed your ignorant comment.

          What a troll.

      • Rain Maker

        I have not seen doctor or medical attention from that establishment since 1993. Well if I need stiches I will find someone to put me back together. If not oh well

    • The Rift

      I cannot say they look inspiring, or happy. It looks like images of Africa to me. So much for advancement, but it will be a reality in USSA that is for sure. Why use your chimney for a drop box :lol:

    • MileHiLife

      Hate to admit but I’m way too domesticated. IF the grid goes down for an extended period during the hot months in Florida (May – Sept) — many WILL die within days and I might be one of ‘em. :shock: The most I’ve gone was a week each with Frances and Gene in ’04, and a few shorter durations during other hurricanes. Add intolerable 24 hr heat & humidity to a crappy situation and the moods get even hotter in short time — especially for the elderly, folks with youngn’s, disabilities, or narc & alc addictions (see; half of FL).

      There’s a reason Florida’s population boom occured post-WWII when A/C was available to average homeowners, not just movie theaters and fancy hotels.

      Went camping with friends on an island recently – fished, swam, built a fire, cooked out — drank beer. Sounded fun at the time. By midnight the no-see-em’s and skeeters were just ridiculous, deet or not — and hiding in the cabin (no A/C) was too warm & muggy, especially for the ol’ lady making it nearly impossible to sleep.

      We bailed, back in the comforts of home by 1am :oops: I know I know…we’re p*ys, but why suffer IF you don’t HAVE too? The things we take for granted… :idea:

    • Eva

      None of these people look particularly happy and the “buildings” look like they can fall apart if hit by moderate winds. But. They wouldn’t even realize if and when the grid went down except maybe the ones using the radio.

    • NWO for Dummies.

      These are not “incredible” photos. they are just photos.

      Incredible photos would be of those who are making a much better go of it than these poor people and I’m sure there are many who are, but they probably, sensibly, prefer their anonymity.

    • Bigrsoul

      Why don’t they build some real housing? Just because you are off the grid doesn’t mean you have to live in a hovel. And for god sake have a wash and get/make some decent clothes.

    • StavoV

      Coming to America….soon. If the Tea-Bagger mob, get control of the US……consider living off’ve the grid, a permanent way of life for America and it’s citizenary :cry: .

    • The Rift

      Well said, but the bots or moderators will pick up on the swearing, and delete the comment. I had one deleted yesterday for saying roughly the same thing. Best you c/paste it without the specific words. But you anger is justified.

    • Jeffery Pritchett

      Someone needs more fiber in their diet. What a lot of energy spent on a post that BIN is probably going to delete any minute for you dropping the F bomb.

      • The Rift

        The sooner jewUSSA is destroyed, the better in my opinion, it must go with its master izraHell of course, nobody is crying, we just waiting for the fireworks to begin.

        • ruffsoft

          As much as I despise the fascist Israeli regime, I also despise racists like you.

    • ALF

      These photos are the result of forced oppression. This is banking gone mad. Living off the grid is rubbish because some rich fool will eventually come along and bulldoze all their crappy looking hillbilly rubbish, arrest anyone who disagrees and beat life out of you. It started with land ownership nonsense and went completely insane and most consider this very system as acceptable. Governments who are owned and paid for by bankers and royalty, and they ALL are, created this get off the grid lunacy. It is not a lifestyle it’s a survival strategy for unarmed, disenfranchised humans who have been done over by corrupt types and our times are crawling with all manner of pretentious bottom holes in ties! IF we had a true community this could never happen, but we prefer our individual privileges over anyone else! Amazing how a COMMUNITY system frightens the bejeezuz out of CAPITALISTS who own everything for themselves and feel nothing for these folks. It’s join in to our insanity or go kill yourself and eventually they will show up with their weapons and murder you! ASK ANY NATIVE ABOUT US. No one seems to mind colonising under ‘royal’ consent when they are killing and murdering or taming some indigenous people to ‘modern’ life. I suggest you all go have a good hard look in the mirror and finally meet the living dead. Just who gives you all these rights? Are you free or have you prostituted your minds to the entire edifice of lies, deceit and murder, for the sake of your comfort? 22,000 children die everyday on this planet and everyone gets worked up over a few rich prats killed in plane crashes and every day atrocities are committed in our names and we are silent. I spoke up and got scheduled for being out of touch with financial reality because I suggested a global non-profit bank that would eliminate greed, privilege and two faced scum in suits. We NEED TOTAL ACCOUNTABILITY from EVERYONE BAR NONE. EVERYONE. EVERYONE. Rich privileged psychopaths/sociopaths run and own this world. The biggest bottom holes wear the most bizarre outfits! Check out the religious freaks, the military and every breed of crank in a uniform who imagines they are superior because they steal your freedoms. There is a very good chance you are a brain dead cranker who has never had a decent thought other then your own self interest as you sucked further into your ego and imagined you are successful. IF you are annoyed or urinated off with what I say: YOU are the problem because YOU are denying the reality that you co-create with your acceptance. Basically, the planet is infected with spineless zombies and perhaps you need BARACK EBOLA. For life’s sake, you guys have eliminated your presidents before, so why sit back and cry like little babies now? Lost your nerve? Don’t want to risk your precious privileged lives? Do it while you still can or shut up and die with the rest of us prisoner slaves and drink your gmo beer and food and die. Does anyone have an actual photo of God? Does anyone have a title deed signed by God? Wake Up

      • Jeffery Pritchett

        lol Bravo Bravo Though I prefer the other with the F bomb. This one should stay up. ha ha

      • The Rift

        As I said, the first comment is gone.

      • Damien

        Exactly! State Individualist commie plantation farm dwelling trash. I mean, look at the poster iamamaerican! GTFO!

    • UberNuts

      Ah! A lovely new photo of Ms. Leahz ( Very fetching)!
      Is that your hair, Lyn? Or are you wearing a helmet?

    • HatchMan

      Looks like the Homeless camps at the river bottom.

    • Michelle

      These people do not look very happy. Even the animals don’t look happy. Why live in squalor? The stone house looks run down.

      • Big dog.../small fish...

        Imagine in a blizzard…

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know but I think it would be nice to live off the land like these folks are doing, I get tired of living in a big city with rude people and idiots that have no manners .. I think our ancestors had it tough but at least they did appreciate the things that they had and the families back then were a closer nit family , not like today where most people are afraid to spank their children that is if they even know where they are and what they are doing…

    • Anonymous

      Choose the right side – God is looking over your shoulder so if you live of the grid and you yourself was in charge of a hospital you would turn someone away .. wow your Choose the right side – God is looking over your shoulder ? we have 6 and 6 generation leaches on our welfare system that drain the tax payers of billions of dollars each year and that is ok in your book? You know I admire someone that has the testicle fortitude to live off the grid to get to the simple life and not depend on everyone for help, you know there are a lot of people that do not contribute to society but we still help them in time of need… you know I would rather depend on myself than to know that our government is the one’s in charge of helping us out…

    • Jiliane

      Certainly not incredible! Many have no other place to live and
      are homeless. My God we have 6,000 homeless people right here
      where I live. It is getting worse day by day. We have built an
      infrastructure on declining resources. Wake up people! Humanity
      needs water, food, clothing and shelter. Send all the other crap
      back to where it was made. We don’t need it and it won’t provide
      a future for any of us around the world.

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