French photographer Antoine Bruy graduated from the Vevey School of Photography in Switzerland in 2011. He was notably honored with a Young Swiss Talent Prize in 2010 and has participated in several group exhibitions in Switzerland and abroad. Antoine’s work studies people and their relationship to privacy, their physical environment, and to the economic and intellectual conditions that determine them. Today we share his on-going series, Scrublands, about men and women of Europe who live isolated from civilization.
Since 2010, I traveled throughout Europe 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. The people and places depicted in my pictures display various fates which I think should not only be seen at a political level, but more importantly, as daily and immediate experiences. These are, in some ways, spontaneous responses to the societies these men and women have left behind. This documentary project is an attempt to make a kind of contemporary tale and to give back a little bit of magic to our modern civilization.
To view more of Antoine’s work please visit his website.