VIDEO: U.S. family has lived in wilderness for 18 years


British photojournalist Ed Gold is featuring photos he took of an off-the-grid Alaskan family in an ongoing exhibition at Colchester’s Firstsite gallery. His photos capture the daily lives of the Atchley family, who have spent the past 18 years living by themselves in the remote Alaskan wilderness.

David, Romey, and their 13-year-old son, Sky, are the only people within a 250-mile stretch of the Nowitna River and have learned to subsist off the land without the trappings of technology; but they do have to deal with bears, wolves, forest fires, thin ice, sickness and arctic temperatures.

Here is one photo, see more below:



After learning basic survival skills, David, 52, and Romey, 44, moved to a remote, self-sufficient cabin back in 1999.  Living with them is their son, and a dog.

Not every day is spent living off the grid.  David occasionally goes to work in a gold mine located 100 miles away.  Then to get away from it all, one month out of each year they travel to visit family in Alabama.

“People want to know what 18 years of isolation does to you,” said David. “It changes you. You have time to have more than two thoughts on any one subject. We spend months talking about one subject because we have time to.”


When asked if they miss people, David said no because people are just “too much work.”

The following video was taken by Romey herself; the audio isn’t good, but the photos are amazing.  We suggest visiting Ed Gold’s  website for more on this story.


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