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Here's what life looks like when you abandon civilisation

Off grid, on camera.
Aug 24th 2014, 5:00 PM 49,131 48

BACK IN 2010, French photographer Antoine Bruy began hitchhiking around Europe without any fixed route.

Along his travels, he met people who had entirely abandoned civilisation and gone off-grid, in favor of an isolated country existence, living off the land.

These stunning images, from his “Scrublands” project, show what he found:

over-the-last-30-years-numerous-europeans-have-begun-to-move-out-of-the-cities-and-head-for-sparsely-populated-areas-like-the-sierra-de-cazorla-mountains-in-spain-shown-here-the-french-pyrenees-mountains-and-parts Source: Antoine Bruy

Over the last 30 years, numerous Europeans have begun to move out of the cities and head for sparsely populated areas like the Sierra de Cazorla mountains in Spain (shown above), the French Pyrenees mountains, and parts of Switzerland.

Bruy began meeting such people after volunteering at farms through WWOOF, an organization that places traveling volunteers at organic farms throughout the world.

This property in the French Pyrenees is owned by a German man, who moved with his family here 25 years ago. He has since renovated the shack to be a completely self-sufficient house.

this-property-in-the-french-pyrenees-is-owned-by-a-german-man-who-moved-with-his-family-here-25-years-ago-he-has-since-renovated-the-shack-to-be-a-completely-self-sufficient-house-there-are-no-electrical-appliance Source: Antoine Bruy

Although his family has left, the German continues to live here with four other people and a revolving door of 20 or so travelers.

antoinebruy08jpg Source: Antoine Bruy

This boy lives with his father on an adjacent property in the Pyrenees. They similarly live off the land without electricity.

this-boy-lives-with-his-father-on-an-adjacent-property-in-the-pyrenees-they-similarly-live-off-the-land-without-electricity Source: Antoine Bruy

This is a secondary living structure at the property in the Pyrenees. Though it looks small in the photo, the teepee is actually almost 30 feet tall.

This is where traveling volunteers stay during the summer months.

this-is-a-secondary-living-structure-at-the-property-in-the-pyrenees-though-it-looks-small-in-the-photo-the-teepee-is-actually-almost-30-feet-tall-this-is-where-traveling-volunteers-stay-during-the-summer-months Source: Antoine Bruy

This man has been living at the house for the last two years.

this-man-has-been-living-at-the-house-for-the-last-two-years Source: Antoine Bruy

This man raises goats and sheep with his wife in the province of Ardèche in southern-central, France.

this-man-raises-goats-and-sheep-with-his-wife-in-the-province-of-ardche-in-southern-central-france-here-he-treats-a-sheep-that-got-beaten-by-his-dog Source: Antoine Bruy

This man is a nomadic shepherd from Germany, who travels from farm to farm in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland helping shepherd cows and sheep.

this-man-is-a-nomadic-shepherd-from-germany-who-travels-from-farm-to-farm-in-germany-austria-and-switzerland-helping-shepherd-cows-and-sheep Source: Antoine Bruy

The English woman who owns this property got hit by a car while she was bicycling 20 years ago.

With the money from her settlement, she bought property in Spain and began building DIY living structures like this composting toilet.

the-english-woman-who-owns-this-property-got-hit-by-a-car-while-she-was-bicycling-20-years-ago-with-the-money-from-her-settlement-she-bought-property-in-spain-and-began-building-diy-living-structures-like-this-com Source: Antoine Bruy

Three families live in the Spanish dome and work together, maintaining a community garden of fruits and vegetables.

The land is owned by a web developer who spends half his day making websites and the other half maintaining the property.

three-families-live-in-the-spanish-dome-and-work-together-maintaining-a-community-garden-of-fruits-and-vegetables-the-land-is-owned-by-a-web-developer-who-spends-half-his-day-making-websites-and-the-other-half-mai Source: Antoine Bruy

This woman from Germany moved with her husband to Switzerland 20 years ago to escape a city lifestyle.

They are now completely self-sufficient, farming their own food. She was a literature and philosophy professor prior to moving to Switzerland.

this-woman-from-germany-moved-with-her-husband-to-switzerland-20-years-ago-to-escape-a-city-lifestyle-they-are-now-completely-self-sufficient-farming-their-own-food-she-was-a-literature-and-philosophy-professor-pr Source: Antoine Bruy

Her husband was an engineer before leaving the city lifestyle.

her-husband-was-an-engineer-before-leaving-the-city-lifestyle-most-of-the-people-bruy-met-told-him-that-they-left-the-city-because-they-both-wanted-to-and-needed-to-many-told-me-that-they-didnt-see-any-meaning-in- Source: Antoine Bruy

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