Whether it's to the hills, the ocean or a cliff-side monastery, most of us dream of escaping modern life from time to time. In Broken Manual, Alec Soth captures some of the runaways who have done just that, as well as the places they've sought refuge in.
The Minnesota-based photographer spent five years tracking down the men (and they are all men) who make up the series. Monks, survivalists and hermits, each has found peace in their own company, far away from the American cities from which they hail. Soth's work is at times desolate and lonesome, though specks of solace are present too. There can be comfort in your own company. From time to time.