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Rewilding—Check Out this New Visual Trend

By Jonathon - 6 min read

A 2017 photo trend that’s all about the outdoors.

The term ‘rewilding’ made its way into photography from an unusual origin: conservation biology. There, it describes the efforts to roll back human interference with nature. The idea is to give ecosystems more room, so that the plants and animals in it can thrive.

mountain

By Johannes Hulsch

Lately, we can see the term popping up in a new context: It’s being discussed in lifestyle forums and Instagram posts–there’s even a TED talk about it. Rewilding has been reinterpreted to mean that humans themselves should get closer to nature—or human nature, as some argue.

Rear view of man on beach against sky

By Maile

High angle view of woman cooking

By Patrick Kolts

Woman drinking hot beverage outdoors

By I C

Woman sitting in forest

By Stefano Domenici

The idea is actually rather simple: Our modern lives have isolated us from the nature surrounding us. Contemporary city-dwellers are encompassed not by trees and fresh air, but by concrete and exhaust fumes. Spending our days hunched over laptop computers and eating unhealthy food is the norm—and something that ruins both our health and our attention spans, adherents to rewilding believe.

View of man shaking sleeping bag in forest

By Matrīna Kežkone

They advocate spending more time outside of cities, being active, and turning off some of the technology we’re exposed to every day. Photos of the movement are all about the outdoors: Camping trips into the wild, blurring the lines between humans and nature, and showing wilderness from a first-person perspective.

Woman sitting in truck drivers seat

By Pálhegyi Attila

mountain

By Noel

waterfall

By Noel

Rear view of woman standing on tree stump with arms outstretched against sky

By Steven Ritzer

Photography is often aspirational: We see things in photos and then want to do them ourselves, whether that’s following a certain lifestyle or traveling to an attractive destination. Rewilding is another spin on the aspirational return-to-nature movement that’s been gripping Western societies for the past years. But while the underpinnings from biology could be make-believe, shooting this trend could still benefit your health—if only by getting some time in nature and off the grid.

Close-up of woman holding flower on field against sky

By Sonia

Low section of woman tying boots

By Sonia

Close-up of woman with tousled hair

By By the sea

Man sitting by campire

By Dunya Novikova

outdoors

By Anh Đỗ

Young man playing guitar

By Musicmelisma

Close-up of person looking out window
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By Jason Rogers

Want to read more about the trends dominating photography at the moment? Check out our summer visual trends report!

Header image by Jason Rogers.

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