Anze Osterman captures life on Marble Island in Alaska

  • Photographer Anze Osterman captured the life of Zach, a 27-year-old who moved to Alaska from Japan
  • He lives with the only other inhabits of Marble Island, a family of oyster farmers who grow most of their food
  • There are no roads or phone service here, but plenty of circling whales and roaming black bears 

It doesn’t get much more off-the-grid than this, but it’s exactly why one of its only residents chose to move there.

Zach – a 27-year-old man born and raised in Japan – ventured to Marble Island in the far southern wilderness of Alaska six years ago in search of a simpler life, and certainly found it when he was taken in by a family of oyster farmers.

Photographer Anze Osterman spent a month documenting Zach’s life on an island so remote that he sometimes goes six months without seeing a single human outside of the family.  

 Zach - a 27-year-old man born and raised in Japan - ventured to Marble Island in the far southern wilderness of Alaska six years ago in search of a simpler life. He is pictured here on a rock as he roams the region 

 Zach – a 27-year-old man born and raised in Japan – ventured to Marble Island in the far southern wilderness of Alaska six years ago in search of a simpler life. He is pictured here on a rock as he roams the region 

Zach, pictured here exploring an abandoned loggers settlement nearby, was taken in by a family of oyster farmers who he lives and works with

Zach, pictured here exploring an abandoned loggers settlement nearby, was taken in by a family of oyster farmers who he lives and works with

Photographer Anze Osterman spent a month documenting Zach's life on an island, as well as the breathtaking wildlife surrounding it. This sighting of an orca was particularly special for him 

Photographer Anze Osterman spent a month documenting Zach’s life on an island, as well as the breathtaking wildlife surrounding it. This sighting of an orca was particularly special for him 

Marble Island, surrounded by whales and populated with prowling bears, is only reachable by boat or float plane, and has no roads or phone service. The nearest town is Ketchikan, a two-hour flight away.

Mr Osterman tells MailOnline Travel: ‘Zach was the first person I saw when the float plane landed in a Tokeen cove, which is a part of Marble Island where he and the Wyatt family live.

‘He and his dog Kahli came to pick me up and take me to the land. We connected instantly. That very first day I knew Zach would be the face of the story I was searching for.’

Zach lives in a cabin with a family of fisherman, Eric and his wife Cindy, who all work together on a floating oyster farm.

Marble Island is so remote that Zach, pictured doing jobs around his cabin, sometimes goes six months without seeing a single human outside of the family

Marble Island is so remote that Zach, pictured doing jobs around his cabin, sometimes goes six months without seeing a single human outside of the family

The island, which is surrounded by whales and populated with prowling bears, is only reachable by boat or float plane

The island, which is surrounded by whales and populated with prowling bears, is only reachable by boat or float plane

Every couple of months, Eric and Zach venture back to civilisation to stock up on gas for the generators, the only source of power they have, and food they can’t grow or hunt.

Most of their vegetables, however, grow in their garden and forest, and all their meat – deer, halibut and oysters – they hunt themselves.

This water is sourced from a small creek, which they collect in a tank.   

The island has no roads or phone service, and the nearest town is Ketchikan a two-hour flight away. Pictured is Zach on his boat with his dog Kahli

The island has no roads or phone service, and the nearest town is Ketchikan a two-hour flight away. Pictured is Zach on his boat with his dog Kahli

He caught this rockfish one afternoon during a boat trip with Mr Osterman, and they later enjoyed it for dinner back at the cabin

He caught this rockfish one afternoon during a boat trip with Mr Osterman, and they later enjoyed it for dinner back at the cabin

Mr Osterman tells MailOnline Travel: 'Zach was the first person I saw when the float plane landed in a Tokeen cove, which is a part of Marble Island where he and the Wyatt family live.' Pictured, an abandoned loggers camp  on the island

Mr Osterman tells MailOnline Travel: ‘Zach was the first person I saw when the float plane landed in a Tokeen cove, which is a part of Marble Island where he and the Wyatt family live.’ Pictured, an abandoned loggers camp on the island

Zach saying goodbye to Cindy as he is dropped off for a long day of solitary work one early foggy morning

Zach saying goodbye to Cindy as he is dropped off for a long day of solitary work one early foggy morning

Before spending time on Marble Island, Mr Osterman confesses he was confounded as to why anyone would choose to live so far from society.

That soon changed, he says.

‘You get the feeling, existing in a place with such a powerful history and untouched wilderness, that this is real life. Like you are not a fish in a tank anymore, you are free. 

‘All the anxiety just evaporates.’ 

Rocks like this present a big danger to Zach and his boat due to the fast-changing tides, which rise six feet in the evening

Rocks like this present a big danger to Zach and his boat due to the fast-changing tides, which rise six feet in the evening

Zach pictured taking care of the oysters, ensuring they grow correctly from their baby size all the way to selling size

Zach pictured taking care of the oysters, ensuring they grow correctly from their baby size all the way to selling size

Every couple of months, Eric and Zach venture back to civilisation to stock up on gas for the generators, the only source of power they have, and for food they can't grow or hunt 

Every couple of months, Eric and Zach venture back to civilisation to stock up on gas for the generators, the only source of power they have, and for food they can’t grow or hunt 

Most of their vegetables, however, grow in their garden and forest, and all their meat - deer, halibut and oysters - they hunt themselves. Pictured, a roaming black bear

Most of their vegetables, however, grow in their garden and forest, and all their meat – deer, halibut and oysters – they hunt themselves. Pictured, a roaming black bear

The floating oyster farm, where Zach spends half of every day as the only worker

The floating oyster farm, where Zach spends half of every day as the only worker

The sound of silence: A view over the Alaskan wilderness from a bush plane. Most of these small islands have never been touched by a human hand

The sound of silence: A view over the Alaskan wilderness from a bush plane. Most of these small islands have never been touched by a human hand








Courtesy: Daily Mail Online

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