Mike Belleme is a freelance photographer living in Asheville North Carolina. His work strives to invite the viewer into the lives of unique people.
"In the mountains of North Carolina there is an expanse of donated land inhabited by a small group of people who, for their own reasons, choose not to live as members of modern society. Tod and Talia, a couple, have been living in this place called Wild Roots for over seven years. Among the many reasons for eschewing modern society is their belief that the fall of civilization is imminent. Tod and Talia find comfort living with nature and being directly connected with most of the food that they eat, clothes that they wear and their surroundings. They, along with a fluctuating number of other resident of Wild Roots, are constantly trying to move farther away from reliance on society and build a stronger and more intimate relationship with their natural surroundings."