The Guardian has a short piece about Lucas Foglia's A Natural Order, a photographic essay about people in America who go off the grid. "I wanted to see if I could find the absolute, if there were communities or individuals who lived off the grid and were wholly self-sufficient," he says.
The results sound interesting:
"I found people who lived without money, who built houses from trees grown on their land, who drank fresh water from mountain streams," says Foglia. "But I did not find anyone who was absolutely off the grid. Many of them had cellphones, laptops, pickup trucks, solar panels with electric sockets. Even the communities that were so off the map that they did not have a postal address were plugged in in some way."...
The world Foglia depicts in A Natural Order is a constantly surprising one. A picture of a decomposing bear hints at the danger lurking in these other edens. A man working a 100-year-old plough pulled by a pickup truck speaks of the contradictions of the contemporary back-to-the-land movement.