In the wilderness, in Alaska: how to live on the island among the bears and whales and not go crazy

What it means to live outside the system? It is unlikely that you will find more non-systemic life than Zach, 29-year-old guy who was born and raised in Japan, but six years ago, went to the island marble on the southern tip of Alaska. He came here in search of a simpler life and found what I was looking for when he was adopted by a family of oyster farmers.

Photographer Anze Osterman spent a month documenting the life of Zack on such a remote island, that sometimes the guy for six months did not see a single living soul, except members of the family with which he lives.

On the island of marble surrounded by pillars, and inhabited by wandering bears, can only be reached by boat or amphibian. There are no roads, no telephone. The nearest town is Ketchikan a two-hour flight. The photographer says: “Zack was the first person I saw when amphibious airplane sat in the Bay of Tokin. It is part of the island marble on which he lives with the family of Wyatt”.

“He and his dog Cali came to pick me up and take to the land. We immediately found a common language. That first day I realized that Zack is the hero of the story I was looking for,” says Anze Osterman.

Zack lives in a hut with a fishing family — Eric and his wife Cindy. Together they work on a floating oyster farm. Every couple of months, Eric and Zack are back in the civilized world to replenish fuel for generators is their only source of electricity and food supplies they can’t grow or catch yourself.

But most of the vegetables growing in the garden and in the woods, and all meat and fish — venison, halibut and oysters — they extracted themselves. Drinking water Zach and family Wiatow get from a small Bay and is collected in a barrel.

Before you get to the island marble, Osterman was wondering who would come to mind to choose such a remote from society, a place to live. But, according to him, he quickly changed his mind. “Living in a place with such a powerful history and unspoilt nature, you start to think that this is real life. As if you don’t fish in the aquarium, you are free. All anxiety just evaporates,” says the photographer.

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PHOTO: Anze Osterman

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