“I was born on May 19, 1965 in Okeechobee, Florida. I was groomed to be a Pentecostal preacher, studying the bible and taking piano and organ lessons. I spoke in tongues. I learned to cast out demons. I was gay. I left home at the first opportunity,” is the opening of Adrain Chesser’s biography on his website. Who wouldn’t want to see what this person searches out to photograph?
In his latest series that was made into a book, The Return, Chesser documents people who chose to leave society for a life that is closer to nature. Some of his subjects are queer, trans, politically radical, impoverished, or somehow disenfranchised in America. The problems that they left behind in trade for problems of living in nature are incomparable. Chesser’s photos depict the nomadic lifestyle in a realist way, not over-romanticizing the return to the land, and shows how they manage to find extraordinary beauty in the midst of a challenging life. Respectfully and with great aesthetics, Chesser captures the contradictions of this lifestyle change. The cement roads, the plastic buckets, the clothes that are made in China, and the person wearing Indigenous clothing while sitting at Burger King all relay the message that you can never truly escape.
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