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John Wells lives in a shack he has grandly titled the Southwest Texas Alternative Energy And Sustainable Living Field Laboratory.

When I visited he told me he had wanted to leave his glitzy fashion photographer world behind, a world of “mounting debt and an overwhelming feeling of being trapped in the life you have chosen.” He was looking for a simple life but a comfortable one

Tension in the world, an unstable economy, high fuel prices, and mind numbing popular culture all added to his feeling of utter futility.
“For me, the real tipping point was the death of my father last year.  That made me sit down and take a serious look at where my path has led me.”

Now John has a temple devoted to cabin living, container storage,  low-energy cooling and heating – and very good photography

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One Response to “Flee the City – join the Field Lab”

  1. brian cullen

    john, i’m 30 miles north of manhattan in tuxedo, n.y. not off the grid but gradually approaching autonomy. check out website and if in the neighborhood come over. brian

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