Photographer Clementine Schneidermann began photographing her brother six years ago when he dropped out of school at the age of 17, to become a shepherd and live in the mountains with his two dogs.
For the first few years, Nicolas remained isolated because of his anger towards mainstream society and has just recently started to reconnect with his parents.
His quiet day begins at the crack of dawn and ends late in the evening. He lives out of a caravan and shelters tending to his sheep in the Alps, referring to himself as the “mountain’s hobo”.
Schneidermann visits her brother annually to catch up and document his calm country lifestyle. In her photo story Le Grand Silence, Schneidermann shares the story of her brother’s estrangement from society and his journey into the wide stretching fields of southern France.