Living Alone


The motivation and circumstances that lead someone to live alone are as varied as the people themselves. Some want to be left alone. Some are driven to live a self-sustaining lifestyle, living on their land in their own terms. Without the expectations and rules of society they rely on their independent skills, spirit, and ideals to create a rhythm of life that works for them. It may be a life of solitude or one that invites others in, a highly driven life or one that is less so. Ken Gagnon, Jim Cornish and Gregg Hoffman each live alone, and have carved out unique lives in the homes and land they inhabit.

Ken Gagnon sits on his front porch, readying himself for an afternoon of building Yurts in his workshop.
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Two dresses hang in the window of a vacated bedroom on the second story of Gagnon’s house.

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In his workshop, Gagnon crafts a skylight for a Yurt.
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Gagnon visits the pond on a pathway he constructed. Observed through a window of the sauna he also built.

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Jim Cornish cuts up beans to be stored for the winter as Zeke, his border collie, steadfastly waits.

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Cornish sits in his 1941 Chevrolet truck. He drives the truck to and from his garden a quarter mile down the road.

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Cornish stands in his barn, beans hanging to dry overhead.

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Cornish at home with his guitar. He plays “Old Hippie” by the Bellamy Brothers.

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Gregg Hoffman paddles through the lily pads in the quiet pond behind his house.

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Hoffman, 62, descends his stairs to the ground floor.

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A photo of Hoffman and his border terrier hangs next to a centerfold in the entry of his woodshop.

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Hoffman watches the beginnings of his nightly campfire.

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