Photo by © Alec Soth

S+ Suggests: Somewhere to Disappear

 

“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.” -Henry David Thoreau

One of our favorite photographers Alec Soth was recently the subject of a powerful film by Laure Flammarion and Arnaud Uyttenhove entitled Somewhere to Disappear. It is now available for download on the filmmakers’ website: HERE.

At less than one hour long, the film is a concise, yet eloquent documentary that explores the relationship between artist and subject and also offers a profound glimpse into a rare subculture.

“We follow Soth on his search for men who live on the margins of society. People who ran away from their natural environment, to find their own world. As modern day hermits, they find peace in unaffected places of the country, whether it be a cabin in the mountains, a dark cave or in the expansive desert. Each of these people chose to live in a different way… did they deliberately make this choice? Do they regret it? What are they really looking for? Did they find it?”

It is a poetic, haunting, provocative and sometimes frightening film. A fascinating journey into the inner and outer landscape and a must see for anyone who has ever dreamed of running away.

 

To learn more about Alec Soth, please click here or visit his website.

Published: September 18th, 2012

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