Man clears his debt and engages with the challenges of eking out existence in inhospitable terrain.

John Wells is a photographer by trade and a frontier man by occupation. He has established his Field Lab (or Southwest Texas Alternative Energy And Sustainable Living Field Laboratory – to give it it’s full title) deep in the Western Texas Desert. In the “Moonscape” where Wells resides “there are no paved roads, no electricity and no water.”

Wells engages with the challenges of existing in this environment in a manner reminiscent of Thomas Thwaite’s struggle to build a toaster from scratch:

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