Do you ever feel like leaving it all behind and just head into the wild, letting mother nature and your own resourceful mind be your providers? Photographer Danila Tkachenko set out to document the hermits of Russia and Ukraine who have taken that leap and excluded themselves from society completely.
“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. You should be pragmatic and strong, or become an outcast or a lunatic. How to remain yourself in the midst of this?” writes Tkachenko.
This isn’t about suggesting everyone should do the same, but it is a powerful reminder that we, as human beings, do not have to be defined by society as it is… and that we in fact ARE society. Do we want to continue living in a society of polite smiles and political correctness while we continue destroying the world, divorcing ourselves from nature itself?
“For the 99 percent of the time we’ve been on Earth, we were hunter and gatherers, our lives dependent on knowing the fine, small details of our world. Deep inside, we still have a longing to be reconnected with the nature that shaped our imagination, our language, our song and dance, our sense of the divine.” – Janine M. Benyus
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