Danila Tkachenko is a Russian photographer whose photo series Escape looks at the lives of Russian Hermits who are living on the fringe of society.
'I grew up in the heart of the city, but I've always been drawn to wildlife, for me its a place where I can hide and feel the real me, my true self, out of social context. I am concerned
about the issue of internal freedom in the modern society: how feasible it is when you're surrounded by a social framework all the time? School, work, family - once in this cycle, you are a prisoner of your own position, and have to do what you're supposed to. You should be pragmatic and strong, or become an outcast or a lunatic. How to remain yourself in the midst of this? The main characters of my project violate social standards for different reasons. By a complete withdrawal from society they go live alone in the wild, gradually dissolving in it and losing their social identity. While exploring their experience, it is important for me to understand if one side is able to break free from social dependence and get away from the public to the subjective- and thus, to make a step towards oneself.'