From 2010 to 2013, I hitchhiked throughout Europe with the aim to meet men and women who made the radical choice to live away from cities, willing to abandon their lifestyle based on performance, efficiency and consumption.
Without any fixed route, driven by encounters and chance, this trip eventually became for me a similar kind of initiatory quest to those of these families. I met people with fates which I think should not only be seen at a political level, but more importantly, as daily and immediate experiences.
The heterogeneity of places and situations tells a lot about the beautiful paradox of the pursuit of an utopia through permanent empirical attempts and sometimes errors.
These are in some way spontaneous responses to the societies these men and women left behind. Therefore their land is exploited but never submitted, the time has lost his tight linearity to become a slow and deliberate pace. No more clock ticking but the ballet of days and nights, seasons and lunar cycles.
French photographer Antoine Bruy graduated from the Vevey School of Photography in Switzerland in 2011. His work studies people and their relationship to privacy, their physical environment, and to the economic and intellectual conditions that determine them. Bruy's work has been widely exhibited in Europe and worldwide. He won several awards including the LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards and the Getty Images Emerging Talent Awards. He is currently based in Lille, France.
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