Twenty-eight year old photographer Antoine Bruy’s ongoing project “Scrublands” documents the lives of those who have chosen a tranquil, isolated existence far removed from developed society. Farming and foraging and living in handmade shelters made from recycled materials, the individuals in Bruy’s photographs have thrown off the comforts-and the expectations-of fast-paced modern life in favor of peace and simplicity.
Many of Bruy’s subjects have given up entirely different lives to relocate to abandoned villages in remote areas of Europe. Former teachers, students, and engineers, his subjects are now farmers and shepherds raising livestock alongside their families, isolated by nature.
Hitchhiking across several countries in Europe between 2010 and 2013, Bruy came across his subjects largely by chance. Bruy would often stay with those he encountered for several days or even weeks (sometimes as long as a month) helping them to farm and to watch over their animals. While the series was shot in several different countries, Bruy notes that the settlements he photographed shared the distinct characteristics of handmade structures, recycled materials, and agrarian lifestyle.
Bruy plans to continue shooting for “Scrublands” next year, this time exploring the United States.
You can find more of Bruy’s work on his website.
All images used with permission.