Since 2006, self-taught photographer Adrain Chesser has been documenting a group of individuals who live nomadically, travel with the seasons and exist untethered by current society. They aspire to have a symbiotic relationship with the earth, “the Mother,” and survive using traditional hunter-gatherer skills. Chesser followed these people who he refers to as “friends, lovers, my extended family,” throughout Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Northern California, culminating into a series entitled The Return. Collaborating with Timothy White Eagle, Chesser describes their working process as, “involving a considerable amount of prayer, consideration and discussion about the spiritual nature of the way in which these people live, the spiritual nature of the way Art works, and the ways in which archetypal energies work within mythic story telling.” The book itself is thoughtfully designed, most noticeably the cover made of a cardboard material embossed with lettering and an image of a person gathering cherries. The images themselves stand alone on the pages, while the words of Timothy White Eagles act as a loose narration. The Return is a great addition to any book collectors collection and perhaps even more appropriate for someone yearning for a simpler life but can only commit to living vicariously through photographs.
You can purchase a copy of Adrain Chesser's The Return at Daylight Books
Timothy White Eagle writes:
“The subjects in “The Return” are predominately not Indigenous. Most carry European ancestry. And most come in one form or another from the disenfranchised margins of main stream America. Most are poor, some are queer, some are trans-gendered, some are hermits and some are politically radical. All believe that major shifts are needed in the way modern society interacts with the natural world. And all are willing pioneers, stepping off into uncertain terrain searching for something lost generations ago. Perhaps poetically, those attempting to live these ideals could be viewed as a rainbow tribe. In their search they struggle to be released from old ways of being. Cars, soda pop, cell phones and cigarettes follow them. Convenience has a magnetic power. Addictions, cravings, and desires are hard to break. These pioneer's seek a new way in the world, while still learning to let go of the old. These are uncommon Heroes shedding layer by layer the learned domestication of the dominator culture.”