Yes, there are modern day hermits. Here are photographs to prove it. The photographer apparently spent time with each hermit along the way, sampling the life. All not for me though.
And here is the interesting thing about the photographs themselves that emerged after the article was published. The New York Times editor was not amused:
Updated Aug. 1, 7:57 p.m. | Editors’ Note: After this post was published, the editors learned that at least two of the images, Slides 3 and 10, were composites and had been digitally altered by the photographer to include elements from other photographs taken that same day. Additionally, elements were altered in Slides 6 and 17.
If the editors had known how those images were produced, they would not have been published.
It would seem that public sentiment around photographs as evidence are alive and well.