Incredible Photos Of People Living Alone In The Wilderness


In a book titled “Escape”, Russian photographer Danila Tkachenko, captures the life of people who broke entirely free from the pressures of socialization and decided to live completely off the grid.


Danila Tkachenko went out into the wilderness in search of people living alone, hidden throughout the Russian and Ukrainian forests.


There he found an assortment of people who had decided to leave civil society to live instead as outcasts, or rather “escapers.”


Danila’s photos gives us a peak into a life against the norm. A life they live all on their own, in the middle of nowhere.


We live amongst other people, forming bonds and becoming part of larger communities and in turn enjoys support, comfort, and stability which we believe are necessary to feel happy and secure. But for the “escapers”, it’s a far better option to live alone, away from the pressures of society.


Danila said: “I am concerned about the issue of internal freedom in the modern society: how feasible it is, when you’re surrounded by a social framework…. School, work, family- once in this cycle, you are a prisoner of your own position, and have to do what you’re supposed to do.”



Although its tempting to see how these people enjoy a life without obligations, it’s important to realize that living alone in the wild is not as easy as it may seem. For starters, survival requires knowing how to fend for yourself completely.



In today’s world where we crave for more technological comforts, these people go back to a simpler, less-complicated lifestyle.


Surprisingly enough, Danila Tkachenko’s photographs prove to show that many people have what it takes to survive happily on their own in the wild.


Is this really what “true freedom” looks like? Because in the modern world, with all our day-to-day confines, such a thing is as good as fiction.


In Tkachenko’s book, this quote is inserted at the beginning:
“Man does not need society at all, it’s the society that needs man. Society is a forced measure of protection and survival. Unlike a gregarious animal, man must live alone- in nature among animals, plants and in contact with them.” -Andrey Tarkovsky




1 comment:

  1. I do not understand these people, but the shared pictures are amazing! Is this really what so clalled “true freedom” looks like?

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