Whats your favorite shape?
Cream going into iced coffee.
Describe what you see when you look out the nearest window?
My family's farm in Long Island, New York. Specifically a rope swing on an oak tree.
© Lucas Foglia
Tell us about your project A Natural Order
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 travelled throughout the south eastern 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.
What is your favorite time of the day and what do you do then?
Early evening - when at home my girlfriend and I start cooking dinner. When traveling that's the best light for photographs.
When was the last time you felt really satisfied?
Hearing my close friend on the news talking about his project: http://www.projectmuso.org/
When was the last time you failed at something?
I made 60,000 photographs for the 60 images in my next book. That's a lot of attempts for the few that worked the way I wanted them to.
What inspires you?
Hearing stories from people I meet, often when traveling.
Name your weirdest hobby?
I like climbing trees. Oh, and sleeping on couches.
What moves you?
Feeling that I can discover things by photographing.
Recommend a song that inspires you.
Recently this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbpjpbsC4lI
Do you have a work in progress? Tell us more.
I just finished my next book, FRONTCOUNTRY, about people living in the midst of a mining boom in the modern American West.
More here soon: http://lucasfoglia.com/frontcountry/
© Lucas Foglia