Amazing Photos Reveal the World of People Living Outside the System

by , 06/09/14
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Eric Valli takes amazing pictures of outcast and autonomous people disconnected from the system. His job has taken him around to some of the world’s most remote places giving him the opportunity to peek into the lives of different communities around Thailand, Tibet, Nepal and the US. He documents the way people still live; a life without technology, fashion, supermarkets, Facebook, brands or logos.

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These people have resigned from modernity and now live a frugal, lighter life, choosing not to be a part of problem anymore. Rather, they hunt or grow their own food to survive. We are not sure if these beautiful images are staged or not, but what matters is that they hint at how people can live in complete harmony with nature, leaving everything else behind.

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  1. burbulis February 9, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Is that what you repeat to yoursef when you go to sleep, o mighty reality holder, Willister McClaine

  2. Zaire Sais February 8, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    funny how many here missed how this is in fact a alternate mode of existence in the face of global resource depletion and over investment in the urban beast. many people need to do just this so the remaining resources can be stretched further. how u could see this only ass running away is beyond beyond. more and more people have to get off the late stage capitalism bus at some point fairly soon. certainly sooner than most predictive scenerios prescribe. also these are only news worthy because they are white so called first world people opting out of their positions as lord of the flies into a future of muted sustenance. if real,i commend them.

  3. Ben Kaufman August 3, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Love the perfectly tailored leather outfits… that’s realistic… did they kill a neighbor’s sheep for the bed roll… Does the guy make sure to put that osprey feather in his hair every morning? If so did he kill a bird of prey himself? Only phot that looked half way realistic were the Amish/Mennonite family… what a joke.

  4. Ben Kaufman August 3, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    I think the key words in the article are “images staged or not” obviously staged… and old man and wife, obviously have some money holed away… I lived off grid for 20 years… and it does take money to live like that, you live more sustain-ably, but nonetheless to live in a nice cabin with the amenities does require a good amount of $; there is no perfect climate … just like most popular media today… image is more important than reality.

  5. Willister McClaine July 21, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    If everyone lived like this, no one could live like this. Denying the world as it is is the ultimate form of denial, and tantamount to nihilism. While people like this run from the world’s problems and hide themselves away, unable to face reality, the rest of us have to keep humanity moving forward, always teetering on the edge of oblivion. I’d rather try to solve the world’s problems than ignore them completely.

  6. Anirban Biswas July 21, 2014 at 12:03 am

    high 5

  7. Christina Gem Donah Cha... July 20, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    @Timothy Lal Hybrid or eco friendly rvs that harvest rain water, compost waste and uses wind and solar for energy. And satellite phones, etc. It is totally doable!

  8. Christina Gem Donah Cha... July 20, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    I would love to know in what area these people are located. I would LOVE to learn from them.

  9. todd nelson June 20, 2014 at 8:46 am

    @Magda, consider footwear and pedicures indicated in the first two photos. Why is the woman in the second photo not wearing the footwear she has in the second photo? How are the feet of the subjects in the first photo so perfect with the minimal footwear they are wearing?

  10. POWER June 11, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    People were designed and created to improve their surroundings.
    God will come and show us the right way to improve and inhabitat the world tomorrow.

  11. Timothy Lal June 10, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Im more into the idea of being technomads and using technology and connectivity to move freely and travel the world while still maintaining some productivity as researchers artists writers and designers. Is there a way to have a sustainable eco friendly caravan with mobile workshops? I think there is

  12. Marla Henderson June 9, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    i would really be interested in hearing their stories, about what moved them in this direction, the good parts about this lifestyle as well as the challenges. the photos are nice but hollow without the story.

  13. Deon Van Zyl June 5, 2014 at 6:37 am

    If they are living “outside” the “system”, what the hell are they doing in supermarket?!

  14. German Cogorno June 4, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    I think the first pictures of people who are believed to be in the “Ice Age 5″, but is yours choice. And the old men in the other picture uses purchased or made ​​shirts in a textile factory like anyone else, and show a gun at picture is tipically of american like John Wayne ( after complaining about people who kill people in schools and other places). I think that’s not being outside the system…and I think this kind of notes save the world!

  15. rubles March 23, 2014 at 4:45 am

    I’m pretty sure the people in the first few photos are a group who paid a lot of money to spend 3 months living stone-age style in the USA with a guide. It’s not their permanent lifestyle, but a kind of sabbatical immersive in the old ways.

  16. Magda Iancu January 4, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Why should someone think that those pics are staged? I have neighbours that lived a life like that for a while and there are many around me to try hard in this closed tight system to get “there”… I myself i am afraid i won’t be able to survive, hehe. Too lazy, used with technology, and wanting to have a confortable place to live.

  17. leiah December 13, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Very right!!!We all, and I speak for me, very often I find myself eager to go…and that means…go to be in retirement…from the big, crowded World,the fiction…of living in community, that doesn’t communicate or has interest if you live or die. Be…with nature, with a little comfort.We do not need much to be comfortable. Very interesting and realistic

  18. Bob Dillman December 13, 2013 at 4:30 am

    This is how I want to live.

  19. bifananyi December 12, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Is it intentional to not add a caption with \”location\” to the photos?

    Also, I thought it was \”around the world\”…not just a section of people? Plus, I know the Amish in America live this kind of lifestyle…as normal

  20. Jason Gajentan December 12, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Ha! I know the guy in the canoe! He was in banking before he decided to break away. Very intelligent, very kind, and his (self built) property near the FL/GA border is amazing.

  21. Altus Pienaar December 12, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Stunning images and what a thought provoking idea! It is all a state of mind. I have slowly worked my way toward the same direction but are still holding onto much of “civilization” to help sustain my existence although nothing I have I truly need. My car broke down over a year ago and I just did not bother to have it fixed. It is amazing how well I am getting along with out it.

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