– I saw Lucas Foglia’s work as part of Michael Mazzeo Gallery’s Art Fair exhibition and immediately liked his photographs of the process of creating a lifestyle that is independent of the domestication of civilization. After seeing his website and seeing the rest of his Re-Wilding series I really fell in love with his work. Similar to the work of Taj Forer and Claire Richardson, Foglia is bound to be a rising star of the photo world. Be sure to also check out his series 54 Strangers which has some beautiful black and white portraits.
I grew up with my extended family on a farm in suburban Long Island. Influenced by the back-to-the-land movement of the 1960’s, my parents maintained an agricultural lifestyle as malls and supermarkets developed around us. We heated with wood, grew and canned our food and bartered plants for everything from shoes to dentistry.
Through a family friend, I was introduced to a network of people in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia who have responded to environmental concerns and predictions of societal collapse by moving to the wilderness. Most of my subjects live off-the-grid, build their homes from local materials, obtain their water from nearby streams and hunt, gather or grow their own food. I am intrigued by their desire for self-sufficiency and by the complexity of their relationship with the natural world.
© Lucas Foglia
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