“ my son, he’s given me, a new pair of glasses. You know? I find myself thinking about the things I do. Things I say. Ramifications. Not as angry or reactive. For instance, you showing me these photos, trying to lay my rage, my need for revenge, didn’t work. See, I was able to take a moment, think. And I realized, that if we did have a relationship with the Irish, which of course, we don’t, what’d stop me from tipping them off? Lettin’ them know you got’ em under thumb? You take a huge risk playing that card. Which means you’re desperate. You got nothing.”
When I was younger there was a lot of discouraging talk: lose weight. Color your hair. Straighten your teeth. Get a tan. But I’m a firm believer in everyone being born with what they need to be attractive. In all sorts of ways. And I don’t really feel like I want to change that much by myself.
Photos capture hermits who have escaped society to live peacefully in the wild
BY: CONNOR BRIAN
At certain moments we all feel the desire to escape from it all. Even if it’s only a brief walk or a long drive through the countryside, there is truly no greater companion than ourselves. Yet there are few who can break free from social dependence, away from the urban comforts, to live alone in nature. Photographer Danila Tkachenko set out to document the hermits of Russia and Ukraine who have crossed the tree line to exclude themselves completely from society.
“I am concerned about the issue of internal freedom in the modern society: is it at all reachable, when you’re surrounded by social framework? School, work, family – once in this cycle, you are a prisoner of your own position” writes Tkachenko
Solitude is something of a misunderstanding in the 21st century; all too often we confuse solitude with loneliness. But when you are alone and begin to feel the space grow vast around you, the realization comes that you are beginning to make a step towards self-understanding. This is why though many of us have grown up in the heart of large city, we find ourselves drawn into the wild.