Sage Field, Lone Pine Ridge,Idaho
For six years, photographer Adrain Chesser travelled around the American West, living off the land. His adventure began when he met members of so-called “back to the land” communities: groups of modern day hunter gatherers who have gone off the grid in search of a more meaningful relationship with nature. They travel seasonal routes through western states like Nevada, Idaho, and Oregon and for food they harvest roots, forage for berries, and collectively rear goats for their milk and meat. Adrain, attracted to the possibility of a freer way of living, followed his friends into the wilderness to share their way of life and photograph his experience.
In his new photo book, The Return, Adrain captures both the beauty of living close to the land as well as the tension and loneliness that arise from rejecting the comforts of the modern world. Along with the images, the book features texts written and collected by Timothy White Eagle, a Native American ritualist who joined Adrain on his adventure.
On the show I speak with Adrain Chesser about living off the land, the spiritual power of photography, and his pentacostal upbringing in Florida
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