A very exquisite and stellar visual project called “No Signal” by photographer Brice Portolano embarks on featuring the sophisticated and inspiring life testimonies of people who resolved to leave their highly modernized kind of lifestyle and become closer and engage with nature.
A young woman named Tinja who is the subject of Arctic Love, which is one of the four stunning photo essays in his series lives 180 miles from the nearest town. Her interestingly lifestyle in the wilderness where she takes care of 85 sled dogs and gets to live in the most simple yet strikingly stunning Finnish Land is what Portolano has compiled and documented.
This completely off-the-grid location is what Tinja is inclined with having a simple life, fetching water from a river where she has to break frozen surface every morning, cooking in a wood stove, and using candles to light her home. For her, this kind of life will make her find peace in the solitude that she experienced in the wilderness with her dogs.
She loves to work with the sled dogs. She finds joy in feeding them, exercising them in the plains of tundra and even cleaning their cages. She is very much satisfied with the kind of life she has and is comfortable living with animals and nature as her companions. She finds inspiration in the Arctic wilderness, saying,“I don’t want material things. Nature provides all I need.”
Other similar stories of other people who have found nature as their innermost connection to a simpler life have been documented by Portolano such as the man in Utah who grows all his own food and a cliff diver in France.
Throug this documentation, he was able to feel the heartbeat of every person’s unique lifestyle preferences and he was able to emerged into his subjects’ manner so that he could totally understand their amazing life testimonies.
Portolano is currently working on making the No Signal into a documentary and book upon the completion of the series.