Yury's tale guides us through the adventure of a person who decides to leave his environment behind and heads for the woods, far away from big cities. And in doing so he not only changes his living conditions but also his reality in some way, replacing it with a more mystic one.
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Yury's portrait at night in the forest during a snowstorm. Sometimes he leaves his hut and goes to the woods to collect firewood. At that time of night the only light that can be seen is a small flashlight on Yury’s forehead.
Yury in a Russian sauna he built by himself. Beyond the window there's nothing but snow and freezing cold. But it’s so hot in his sauna that he can sit in it for a long time without a thread of clothing.
Yury in the forest near his hut. Yury often goes outside, as he has a lot of things to do around his house, but mostly to provide himself with firewood and water.
Yury in the forest during a trip to collect firewood. He uses his axe and chainsaw to cut down trees for firewood, without which he could not maintain a livable temperature in the hut.
Yury has a car that reminds him of his past life in Moscow. Now it is parked near his hut but he has serious doubts that it is still in a working condition.
The walls in his hut are made of clay mixed with dry grass, which when combined make a sort of natural plaster. It also acts as insulation, keeping the hut warm for quite a while.
Yury does not completely deny himself the benefits of civilization, however. He has means of communication, including an iPhone, and his hut is equipped with Internet service.
Yury's reflection in a small mirror hanging on one of the hut’s walls during meditation.
Yury heads outside after his bath during a snowstorm. He is kneeling on the ground, with the first hut that he lived in when he first settled in the woods in the background.
Yury is now accustomed to nature and the woods in which he lives. He has immersed himself in the freshly fallen snow up to his his head, an act showing his unity with nature.
The hut that has now become a home to Yury. Solar panels located on the roof of the hut generate the electricity needed for providing light inside the hut at night.
In his spare time in the evenings Yury reads books and has collected a large library in his hut (his friends and visitors often bring him books as gifts).