The Cavemen

Finca “Los Trogloditas”, La Palma, Canary Islands, SpainFinca “Los Trogloditas”, La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain | S00401 | buy

 

Location: La Palma, The Canary Islands, Spain
Date: 2012
Photographer: Marcin Mikolajczuk

Natives of La Palma, a small island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, lived in caves since forever. During the prehispanic period the caves were inhabited by the native Gyanches. Not more than 50 years ago Los Palmeros still used them as houses and lived there with their entire families. It was the end of the last century that brought the change and the lifestyle became the symbol of poverty, so ‘the cavemen’ started to move into man-made houses. Nowadays there is a tendency to get back to the caves in search of a way of living that’s closer to nature. After an initial ‘boom’ for the western economically fulfilling way of life people are going back to the caves, to be able ‘to hear the Earth breathing’, to be able to live outside as a part of the Globe we are living on rather than live against it. Today’s cavemen use the caves to live, to rest, or to work and convert them into real ‘underground palaces’ combining the breath of the Earth with the comfort of the modern way of life. The occupiers of the La Palmian caves aren’t only the natives of the island, many of them are people from other countries, who moved to the island just so they can live the natural way.

 

Many cavemen protect their homes against moisture by painting the roof with waterproof paint, La Palma, Canary Islands, SpainMany cavemen protect their homes against moisture by painting the roof with waterproof paint | S00422 | buy

 

Caves are used to live, rest, or work in by combining the breath of The Earth with the comfort of the modern way of life, La Palma, Canary Islands, SpainCaves are used to live, rest, or work in | S00423 | buy

 

Paco, ecological farmer born in Catalonia, has been living in his self-made cave for the last 27 years, La Palma, Canary Islands, SpainPaco, ecological farmer born in Catalonia, has been living in his self-made cave for the last 27 years | S00403 | buy

 

Frohmut (born in Switzerland) runs a cave bio-café and bakery, La Palma, Canary Islands, SpainFrohmut (born in Switzerland) runs a cave bio-café and bakery | S00405 | buy

 

Unique and beautiful cave adjusted to owner's needs, La Palma, Canary Islands, SpainUnique and beautiful cave adjusted to owner’s needs | S00408 | buy

 

Jemp, a young Italian man, lived in this “wild” and open cave for months, La Palma, Canary Islands, SpainJemp, a young Italian man, lived in this wild and open cave for months | S00410 | buy

 

Rudi, born in Check Republic, spent several years living in his self made cave, La Palma, Canary Islands, SpainRudi, born in Check Republic, spent several years living in his self-made cave | S00411 | buy

 

Natural formations makes every home unique and beautiful, La Palma, Canary Islands, SpainNatural formations make every home unique and beautiful | S00412 | buy

 

Owners adjust their caves to their own needs, La Palma, Canary Islands, SpainOwners adjust the caves to their own needs | S00413 | buy

 

Fully refurbished cave with all the modern facilities, electricity, hot water and even internet, La Palma, Canary Islands, SpainFully refurbished cave with all the modern facilities, electricity, hot water and even internet | S00415 | buy

 

Stefi (therapist from Germany) and Tiju (DJ from Bulgaria)  live in this cave because of its energy and healing properties, La Palma, Canary Islands, SpainStefi (therapist from Germany) and Tiju (DJ from Bulgaria) live in this cave because of its energy and healing properties | S00404 | buy

 

Natural formations makes every home unique and beautiful, La Palma, Canary Islands, SpainNatural formations make every home unique and beautiful | S00418 | buy

 
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