Diesel Traffic Island

Burn your laptop and escape to the land of the stupid, home of the brave

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Living in constant contact with the world means that there’s hardly any chance to escape it. But sometimes you just need to smash your phone, burn your laptop and dance naked in the rain. Which is why Dazed and Diesel decided to give eight brave pioneers the chance to flee the daily grind, set up home on a traffic island and be free of any rules and authorities. Armed with unique tools (a tent & Bunsen burner) and some life  experiences, the group set about taking life on the island head on. On their oasis within a sea of abandoned motorways, the creative community survived on a diet of roasted marshmallows, extra curricular activities and free spirit.

Dazed Digital: The craziest / funniest / scariest thing that happened?
Adrian Morris:
Pani being a diesel gypsy wizard trying to hitch hike out of there.

DD: What did you miss the most about ‘normal civilised’ life?
Adrian Morris:
Internet videos.

DD: What did you eat / drink the most of?
Adrian Morris:
Too many beers.

DD: How did you fill up your days there?
Adrian Morris:
Chilling.

DD: What did you dream about at night?
Adrian Morris:
Flitwick hotel rooms.

DD: Would you go back?
Adrian Morris:
Yeah!

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DD: What was most exciting about being on the Diesel traffic island?
Kate Cox:
Hanging out with friends and making fires.

DD: The craziest / funniest / scariest thing that happened?
Kate Cox:
Cosmo with a tent on his head! Seeing Pani naked!

DD: What did you miss the most about normal civilized life?
Kate Cox:
Food not from a can!

DD: What did you eat / drink the most of?
Kate Cox:
I only ate marshmallows!

DD: How did you fill up your days there?
Kate Cox:
Going on goonie-like adventures flashing to cars, water fights.

DD: What did you dream about at night?
Kate Cox:
Sailing on a raft with nothing but a camera.

DD: What challenges did you face, which you may have not expected?
Kate Cox: Putting up a tent.

DD: If you could only take three items with you onto an island, what would they be?
Kate Cox:
My camera, marshmallows and a boat.

DD: Would you go back?
Kate Cox:
Yes!

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DD: What was most exciting about being on the Diesel traffic island?
Errol Rainey:
It was just so exciting

DD: The craziest / funniest / scariest thing that happened?
Errol Rainey:
A car almost crashed into our camp site, it luckily flipped just over our tents, and unluckily blew up just a few meters away from the island. 

DD: What did you miss the most about ‘normal civilised’ life?
Errol Rainey:
My bed.

DD: What did you eat / drink the most of?
Errol Rainey:
We ate road kill mostly, when times were hard, a dead squirrel was a treat.  

DD: How did you fill up your days there?
Errol Rainey:
The boys hunted whilst the girls stayed at the camp site and did gardening. 

DD: What did you dream about at night?
Errol Rainey: What my family were up to, if they knew I was alive. 

DD: What challenges did you face, which you may have not expected?
Errol Rainey:
The challenge to survive was intense, twister also looked challenging. 

DD: If you could only take three items with you onto an island, what would they be?
Errol Rainey: Wouldn't take anything, the island had it all.   

DD: Would you go back?
Errol Rainey:
Yes, I would...

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DD: What was most exciting about being on the Diesel traffic island?
Eva Manticova:
The marshmallows barbecue.

DD: The craziest / funniest / scariest thing that happened?
Eva Manticova:
Feeling the vibe of the passing fast cars up on the track.

DD: What did you miss the most about ‘normal civilised’ life?
Eva Manticova:
A toilet...

DD: What did you eat / drink the most of?
Eva Manticova: Pistacchio and Fanta.

DD: How did you fill up your days there?
Eva Manticova:
Making soapy bubbles, hanging out in the forest, watching skateboarders, getting lots of sun and taking millions of pictures.

DD: What did you dream about at night?
Eva Manticova: Breakfast.

DD: What challenges did you face, which you may have not expected?
Eva Manticova:
playing football in the knickers

DD: If you could only take three items with you onto an island, what would they be?
Eva Manticova:
Pistachios, fanta, macgyvers encyclopedy...

DD: Would you go back?
Eva Manticova:
Tomorrow!

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DD: What was most exciting about being on the Diesel traffic island?
Georgina Frost
: Being isolated from the rest of the world and its problems. Creating your own civilisation!

DD: The craziest / funniest / scariest thing that happened?
Georgina Frost
: Madness descended on us every evening! with different consequences.

DD: What did you miss the most about ‘normal civilised’ life?
Georgina Frost
: Convenience, although I can live without it...

DD: What did you eat / drink the most of?
Georgina Frost
: Beer and Burgers!

DD: How did you fill up your days there?
Georgina Frost
:
Losing my mind, finding it again, looking for firewood, taking care of the camp.

DD:What did you dream about at night?
Georgina Frost
:i I dreamt that the world ended and diesel island was the only thing left.

DD: What challenges did you face, which you may have not expected?
 Georgina Frost
: Mosquito attacks!

DD: If you could only take three items with you onto an island, what would they be?
Georgina Frost
: Music, ice cream and a hammock.

Would you go back?
Georgina Frost
: Not for awhile, I feel like having a break from island living.

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DD: What did you miss the most about ‘normal civilised’ life?
Pani Paul: Nothing.

DD: What did you eat / drink the most of?
Pani Paul: Marshmellows and watermelon

DD: How did you fill up your days there?
Pani Paul: Scavenging for supplies in the woods.

DD: What did you dream about at night?
Pani Paul: Being in a hotel

DD: What challenges did you face, which you may have not expected?
Pani Paul: Focusing the camera when I was drunk...

DD: If you could only take three items with you onto an island, what would they be?
Pani Paul: An ipad, a Ferrari and beautiful girl!

DD: Would you go back?

Pani Paul: I have not left.

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DD: What was most exciting about being on the Diesel traffic island? 
Avan Podhhajsky
: Being in the sunshine and watvhing the fast car's go by.

DD: The craziest / funniest / scariest thing that happened?
Avan Podhhajsky: When the girls where flashing the cars speeding round the island.

DD: What did you miss the most about ‘normal civilised’ life?
 Avan Podhhajsky: 
My magic lantern next to my bed!

DD: What did you eat / drink the most of?
Avan Podhhajsky
:
Cold beers and coca-cola and pistachios...

DD: How did you fill up your days there?
Avan Podhhajsky: Collecting wood for the fire, talking and just relaxing...

DD:What did you dream about at night?
Avan Podhhajsky: Mountains and full moons. 

DD: What challenges did you face, which you may have not expected?
Avan Podhhajsky:
Finding somewhere to go to the toilet.

DD: If you could only take three items with you onto an island, what would they be?
Avan Podhhajsky: One shawl one swag and some sunglasses.

DD: Would you go back? 
Avan Podhhajsky
:
Ah yeah!

Text Alexandra Bondi de Antoni
Photographers and Models: Kate Cox, Georgia frost, Cosmo Macdonald, Eva Manticova, Adrian morris, Pani Paul, Avan Podhajsky, Errol Rainey

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