Life on the island is surrounded by whales and bears
• Life on the island is surrounded by whales and bears
What does it mean to live outside the system? It is unlikely that you will find a non-systemic life than Zack, 29-year-old boy who was born and raised in Japan, but six years ago, went to the island of Marble on the southern tip of Alaska. He came here in search of a simpler life and found he was looking for when he sheltered a family of oyster farmers.
Photographer Annezay Ostermann spent months documenting the life of Zach on this remote island that sometimes a guy for six months did not see a single living soul, except for members of the family with which he lives.
Marble Island, surrounded by whales and populated by wandering bear, is only accessible by boat or amphibian. There were no roads, no telephone. The nearest town - Ketchikan two hours flight. The photographer says: "Zach was the first person I saw when the amphibious plane landed in the Bay of Tokin. It is part of Marble Island, where he lives with his family Uayyatt ".
"He and his dog Kali came to pick me up and take the land. We immediately found a common language. On the first day, I realized that Zack would be the hero of the story I was looking for, "- says Annezay Osterman.
Zach lives in a hut with a fishing family - Eric and his wife, Cindy. Together, they work on the floating oyster farm. Every couple of months, Eric and Zach returned to the civilized world, to replenish stocks of fuel for generators - their only source of electricity - and stocks of products that they can not grow or catch themselves.
But most of vegetables growing in the garden and in the woods, and all the fish and meat - venison, halibut and oysters - they get themselves. Drinking water and Zack family Uayyattov obtained from a small bay and collected in a drum.
Before you get to the island Marble, Osterman wondered who might come to mind to choose a distance 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 unspoiled nature, you start to think that this is real life. As if you are no longer fish in the aquarium, you are free. All anxiety simply evaporated, "- says the photographer.