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September 24, 2011

Wonderful Pictures Give an Extraordinary Glimpse Into Daily Life of the Modern Gypsies in 1986

Unrelated to the Roma, the new gypsies began in 1986 when a group of Post-Punk Anti-Thatcher protesters headed out of London into the English countryside. London based photographer Iain McKell followed these New Age Travelers to the West Country and over the years he watched them become a hybrid tribe-the new gypsies-present-day rural anarchists, living in elaborately decorated horse-drawn caravans. Known as “Horsedrawn,” the new gypsies share a desire for sustainability, a love of self-reliance, and a disdain for the trappings of contemporary life.

For more than a decade McKell has focused his lens on travelers of all ages: parents, children, couples, and loners. With sensitivity and honesty he captures a way of life that seems at once romantic, strange, beautiful, and simple. The result is a deeply insightful portrayal of a culture that eschews the traditional creature comforts of urban life in favor of the simplicity and freedom of the natural world.


  1. Is the first one Luna Lovegood?

  2. 1986?? There are wind turbines and crocks in one of the pictures.

  3. very cool, but not anywhere near 1986. (I know, I was there)




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