Photographs of The New Gypsies

modern gypsy photographsThese photographs were taken within the last 25 years- yes, you read that right. Even though they absolutely have the feel of photographs and lives from 100+ years ago, The New Gypsies, by Iain McKell documents a band of travelers throughout the last 10 years. From a stylistic standpoint, many of the people are posed rather formally and the soft lighting adds an ethereal quality to the photographs.

They were the inner-city youth who, fueled by punk spirit, anarchist philosophy and a hate of Margaret Thatcher, clambered aboard a fleet of battered old vehicles to shun the trappings of the modern world for a life of nomadic freedom.

And while today’s new-age travelers appears to have taken the philosophy even further, preferring to use traditional horse-drawn caravans instead of gas-guzzling vans, they also appear to be embracing the modern technology like mobile phones, laptops and even Facebook.

During the late 1980s and 1990s stories about the travelers were commonplace – illegal raves, clashes with the police, drug busts and fury at the criminal justice act.

Read the full story and see all the images at the link below.

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21st century Gypsies: Stunning pictures show how new age travellers are now adopting traditional horse-drawn caravans
They were the inner city youth who, fuelled by punk spirit, anarchist philosophy and a hate of Margaret Thatcher, decided to shun the trappings of the modern world for a life of nomadic freedom.

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