Rachel Bujalski is a documentary photographer living and working in Los Angeles, CA. Bujalski’s photography work largely examines the lifestyles and personalities of people living on the fringes of society that make up American culture today. Her work has been published in National Geographic PROOF, InStyle, Wired, and Vice.
Technology has made it easier to live and connect to others for support when your home is always changing. We can find jobs, keep entertained, or even find a place to sleep or live by simply following different social media outlets. Our identities are now partially formed by who we are in the virtual world.
This series started out of wanting to know how advancing technology has changed the lives of those living without a typical house. From people on the streets, in their vehicles and boats, this series shows we are all connected no matter where we lay our heads at night.
“This Land is your Land” poured powerfully out of a young woman’s voice in the midst of the march after she climbed on top of her car with her guitar singing to the forming crowd below her. I stood there in amazement as I photographed her, and it was at that moment as I opened my mouth to sing along that I realized the power of the march was the community of us all being together; not just in LA but in every major city all over the world. As a young female photographer walking side by side with the singers, dancers, chanters, mothers, fathers, and sisters-- all complete strangers-- we shared not only the diversity between us but an unspoken feeling of support that made me realize, all women, no matter our age or backgrounds, have each other’s back if we choose to.
'Connected Off the Grid' is a collection of photographs of people that have abandoned the chase of the American Dream; they are living plugged in and out of society at the same time.
At the end of the day, these people have chosen another American Dream and have given up trying to 'Keep up with the Joneses-- or the Kardashians'. With access to Wifi and their smartphones, these alternatively housed people live the ultimate balance of being connected and cut off from mainstream society, but most importantly, their level of connection is always in their control.