Off The Grid: Eric Valli
Although Eric Valli does spectacular commercial work, he has spent most of his career photographing highly inaccessible locations around the world. Shooting people like the Gurung, a community of people who live in the foothills of the Himilayas, scaling cliffs in search of honey from the world’s largest honeybee; or the Dolpo-pa who travel the highest pass between Tibet and Nepal as a trade route. He recently finished a project he calls Off the Grid, photographs of people that have left civilization in order to immerse themselves in the wilderness of North America. These people have made the choice to disconnect from modern society and find a new life far from technology and consumerism. “There are a growing number of people who have decided to live light on the earth and not be a part of the problem anymore,” Valli says, “I spent the last few years with four of them striving for harmony with nature in the most pristine corners of the United States.” Valli’s work does not make light of the lifestyle chosen by these people, but rather shows their determination and resolution to live by their values.