Traveller FRPS Panel
The family of Romany Gypsies are a small, isolated group living amongst their animals in two wagons and a Mongolian style yurt. When they’re not on the move, they reside on grass verges and are often gathered around camp fires beside busy main roads. The winter/early spring months are invariably spent in Worcestershire, and it was here, over a two-year period photographing them, that our trusting friendship developed.
The images are of dwindling lifestyle with emphasis being on the family’s daily activities, their close relationship with the animals and connection to a somewhat rustic way of life. With very few horse-drawn, gypsy families left and an even smaller number living in wagons 365 days of the year, their future is an uncertain one. Proposed changes in government legislation (Unauthorised Encampments, 2021) are adding to this doubt.