Framing The World Through My Photographs
Whilst at Belfast Exposed Lucas Folglia’s collection ‘A Natural Order’ was being exhibited. His Collection features people who have chosen to break of from society and live of ‘the land’. All the people featured have chosen to live this way for different reasons.
Below is a statement I found on Foglia’s website about this collection.(http://lucasfoglia.com/a-natural-order-statement/)
I grew up with my extended family on a small farm in the suburbs of New York City. While malls and supermarkets developed around us, we heated our house with wood, farmed and canned our food, and bartered the plants we grew for everything from shoes to dental work. But while my family followed many of the principles of the back-to-the-land movement, by the time I was eighteen we owned three tractors, four cars, and five computers. This mixture of the modern world in our otherwise rustic life made me curious to see what a completely self-sufficient way of living might look like.
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, they 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 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.
Below is some of the photographs from the collection.
This photograph is used as the ‘cover’ photo for his book and exhibition. I personally am not fond of the image however i feel it gives an insight to the rest of the collection. This images shows the gentleman gathering food of the lands, which narrates the exhibition.
When looking round the exhibition the manager of the the gallery explained this image to myself and my peers. She explained that Foglia had received some criticism from other photographers for the style of documentary photography as they seemed to staged. The manager had spoke to Foglia where he explained that to a certain extent they are, he explains he asks the subjects how they want to pose, and in this photograph it was the young boy who came up with the idea to be photographed drinking the milk from goat.
This image was fairly shocking to me because at first I couldn’t work out what it was. I discovered it was a bear that had been poisoned on a neighbours land. What I found personally shocking about this image is that the legs on the bear look almost human like with out the fur.
I feel the last image doesn’t particularly fit into the rest of the collection as this image is alot darker and more artistic in the way of lighting.
Over all I was not so fond of this collection of image but I could appreciate the concept behind the collection