The traffic light turned to orange and then, rather abruptly, to red as some of the car drivers drove rather fast (and stupidly) to jump it. Only to be stopped by the burly cop standing at the crossing. My car, if you know my way of driving, is never in a rush; I stayed where I should be, wheels not touching the zebra crossing. I sat there, not patiently, but wondering on and on as a message blinked on my phone screen, “Your car has been idling for 5 mins.” Right, as if I did not know.

Anyway, I turned the ignition off, fiddled with my playlist, tapped the steering and wondered some more.

If you know me well you would know how many times in a day, every day, I plan to be a modern-age hermit and leave for a place and life that is closer to nature and preferably no traffic lights. Reaching work, checking off first work-task of the day, and a coffee at my table, I browsed for stories on people who have left world and all its woes to live off the grid. Still wondering if it is manageable, doable, practical and all types of word-barriers that we put to our whims and dreams. But then, the internet has all answers, mostly. So, while I might not leave for a few more years, I figured how different a life it is, what it takes and, of course, the fact that it is doable and entirely practical if we are poring over the same literature.

Sharing some of the most fascinating photos of new age hermits, people who have left civilisation as we know it to live close to nature, in a more sustainable manner and at a pace that is entirely their own. Here is sharing my favourite photos of people living in the wild and their lives.

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One by Kevin Faignaert, the photo has a haunting look of somebody who does not care. About people, about a perfect home or the idea of settling down.

Well, I’m not into typical homes. The nomad staying in this one seems to be of the same league as well.

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Another by Kevin Faingnaert, this one has a home that is as makeshift as makeshift can be. That cooking platform is a definite heart-stealer.

Recluse or not, you cannot take music out of life. That is why, this pretty much sums up the idea of a nomad home for me.

Scrublands

Antoine Bruy’s Scrublands will give you great ideas when it comes to the concept. Homes yes, houses no. Look at the flimsy yet quite practical structure there.

One from a series based on seniors, this one blew my mind away with its sheer rawness.

You can take people out of the wild, but not the wild out of people. That’s a challenge, right?

For the lovers of van life here! An idea that has me fascinated from as long as I can remember.

Simple is good; nomadic is good. With a dog, it is better.

Raw, compelling yet so full of human emotions. If this is what living in the wild can do to you, we might just need more of this to stay humane.

All photos and their copyright belongs to the respective photographers, namely Antoine Bruy and Kevin Faingnaert. You can check more of their impressive photo projects on their websites.

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