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Frontier Photography – Lucas Foglia

Posted on: March 25, 2011


From 2006 through 2010, I traveled throughout the southeastern United States befriending, photographing, and interviewing a network of people who left cities and suburbs to live off the grid. Motivated by environmental concerns, religious beliefs, or predictions of economic collapse, my subjects build their homes from local materials, obtain their water from nearby springs, and hunt, gather, or grow their own food.


All the people in my photographs are working to maintain a self-sufficient lifestyle, but no one I found lives in complete isolation from the mainstream. Many of my subjects have websites that they update using laptop computers, and cell phones that they charge on car batteries or solar panels. They do not wholly reject the modern world. Instead, they step away from it and choose the parts that they want to bring with them. 

Lucas Foglia (b. 1983) was raised on a small family farm in Long Island and is now based in New York and San Francisco. A graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Art, Foglia exhibits nationally. His photographs are in many public and private collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Fine Art and have been published in Aperture Magazine, British Journal of Photography, the New York Times Magazine and the Washington Post Magazine.

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