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Incredible Photos Of Hermits Who Have Fled Society To Live Peacefully In The Wilderness

Every time I go camping, at the end of the trip I have to be convinced of the reasons I have to go back to the 'real' world. I look around my surroundings and feel that the benefits society offers is not worth giving this up.

Sometimes I'm extremely resistant to the arguments of my friends. As I get back into town, my imagination is ignited with what I could be doing if I had stayed.


I'm not the only one who feels that society is overrated. It's a fairly common belief, but most are like myself in that we stay bound by perceived responsibilities and comfort. I'm delighted to hear that there are people that have the courage and strength to abandon the modern world in favor of simpler living and self fulfillment.

Danila Tkachenko is a photographer that set out to document some of these amazing hermits. There are a large number of these amazing people in the Ukraine and Russia. He wanted to see the results of their chosen lifestyle. Tkachenko wrote:

'I am concerned about the issue of internal freedom in the modern society: is it at all reachable, when you're surrounded by social framework all the time? School, work, family - once in this cycle, you are a prisoner of your own position, and have to do what you're supposed to. You should be pragmatic and strong, or become an outcast or a lunatic. How to remain yourself in the midst of this?

I grew up in the heart of the big city, but I've always been drawn to wildlife - for me it's a place where I can hide and feel the real me, my true self, out of the social context.'

Tkachenko's work has been been globally recognized as genuinely reflective and relevant to everyone. All of Tkachenko's work is centered around understanding and highlighting individual expression and development. He has three projects posted on his website. Each one of project and a few of the individual photographs has been awarded multiple awards or been featured in magazines and festivals. The twenty five year old Russian shows amazing discipline and dedication. He went into the chilly, expansive Russian wilderness to capture his images.

It's fascinating to see the differences in each hermit's lodgings. Some are barren and simplistic, others are more elaborate and have formal entry ways. As these people have no building restrictions and each structure is unique, you can see how important their living space is and what is important to each person. The photographs below were taken from Tkachenko's project 'Escape'.

Tkachenko goes on to explain,

'The main characters of my project violate social standards for different reasons. By a complete withdrawal from society they go to live alone in the wild nature, gradually dissolving in it and losing their social identity. While exploring their experience, it is important for me to understand if one is able to break free from social dependence and get away from the public to the subjective - and thus, to make a step towards oneself.'

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