Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

PICS: Meet the People who escape the chaos and live a life of tranquility

Narada Desk | March 22, 2016 6:19 pm Print

In to the wild

On one hand, we find people who find it hard to live without internet connection, the luxuries of life, modern lifestyle and society in this fast moving modern world. We are in touch with each other like never before through social networking sites like Facebook, Whatsapp, twitter, etc. embracing every comfort that comes our way in what can be called as the “digital world”. We know what is happening around the globe, through internet available at our fingertips, but, do we know who our neighbour is?

On the other hand, we have these people have chosen to live in a world of their own to get in touch with nature and live a simpler life by turning their backs on the luxuries of the modern life and its amenities. While we are checking what’s new in the fashion market and what is the new product that would give more ease to our life, they have forfeited everything to lead a reclusive life in the comfort of the arms of mother nature, away from the evils of modern day society.

Let’s take a glimpse at these powerful photos of people living off the grid, which would perhaps inspire others to do the same in the future.

1. Garth Bowles

The inside of Garth Bowles?s permanent teepee he built on a 640-acre plot of desert land in Joshua Tree, California.

Garth Bowles

Garth Bowles lives in this permanent teepee house he built in Joshua Tree, California, within a 258-hectare property he acquired in the desert. He lives with his dog. He uses underground wells for water and solar panels for electricity. He also calls himself “The Make-Do-King”. Why? “ Because if I don’t have something, I make-it-do,” he tells photographer Rachel Bujalski.

2. Pam Chapman

Pam Chapman, an artist, mother, builder, and the director of her community?s organic market, sits outside her self-built minimalistic home. Living off the grid the way she likes requires her to make outside treks either up the path to bathe in her bathhouse or down a wooded path to her compost toilet. Since she doesn?t own a refrigerator, she keeps all her meats and cheeses outside to keep them cold. At night for reading, she uses a small light by her bed, charged from the stored sunlight from her solar panels.

Pam Chapman

Pam Chapman is an artist, mother, builder, and the director of her community’s organic market. She also self-built her minimalistic home. She goes on daily treks to her nearby bathhouse or compost toilet. She keeps all her meats and cheeses outside to keep them cool since she doesn’t own a refrigerator. She also uses electricity generated by her solar panels.

3. Peter



Peter has been living in Ramounat – known as the birthplace of back-to-the-land movement in France – for the last 30 years. He is a German man who came originally with his wife and children, who left decades ago.​

4. Kate



This captivating photo, one of a composting toilet, was captured by Bruy​​. It was built by an (unphotographed) English woman who goes by the name of Kate. She arrived by a donkey 20 years ago. Kate was hit by a car while she was bicycling. She used the money from her settlement to buy this land near the village of Bayacas in Sierra Nevada, Spain. She has been living off the grid ever since.

5. Emma Orbach

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Emma Orbach

Emma Orbach, a 59-year-old Oxford graduate, has been living in this isolated woodland for more than 13 years. Orbach keeps chickens and goats and grows an array of vegetables on a half-acre plot just outside her woodland.

6. Jill Redwood

Jill redwood

Jill Redwood built her house form salvaged sleeper offcuts and poles from the nearby forest almost 30 years ago in East Gippsland, Australia.

She prefers to be truly self-sufficient, having an orchard, a garden with vegetables and an animal farm, which provide almost everything she needs on a daily basis, without having to frequently drive one-and-a-half hours to the nearest town. She also uses solar panels, and a waterwheel. Redwood happily asks: “What more do I need?”


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