Photographer Ian Mackel has created a lot of portraits.
Who are they? Yes, just the representatives of the urban youth, fueled by the spirit of vagrancy, anarchist philosophy and a hate of Margaret Thatcher, who one day climbed aboard the old salty crew and traded the comforts of modern world to the delights of nomadic freedom.
Today’s travellers are in the style of new age went even further: they prefer the traditional horse-drawn caravans low economical to exploit at the vans, although not averse to modern technologies such as mobile phones, laptops and even Facebook.
In the late 1980’s and all the 90 years of history about these misfits were told everywhere. They are usually remembered in connection with the forbidden rave parties, clashes with police, raids on drug users and critical attitude to the criminal proceedings.
Young people from middle class, to the horror of their wealthy parents, have succumbed to the charm of the romantic lifestyle, with its lack of strict rules and the delight of wandering. Their canvas tents travel through England and Europe from festival to festival, from “dubious” gathering up “suspicious” gatherings, often causing irritation among landowners and local law enforcement.
And although the new Wanderers in the last decade was written not so much, their movement does not come from the race and continues to gain strength.
Photographer Ian Mackel (Iain McKell), watching a small group of strangers for 10 years, has released a stunning album of photographs entitled “the New Gypsies” (published by Prestel). These images reflect the changes in the lifestyle of modern nomads. Taking the example of the Gypsy camp, many of them resolutely refused, motor vehicles and moved to the horse pull.
In an interview with anothermag.com Ian Machell said: “It started in 1986. A group of new age travellers called himself a “Convoy of peace” and went on the camper. And then, when I returned to Stonehenge (Stonehenge) in 2001, they changed the name to “the Summer solstice”. I was struck by this new “tribe”, clicked on the horse pull, but using all modern technologies, as well as solar energy, mobile phones, portable computers and, of course, Facebook. This combination of old and new came to my liking – especially in combination with the continuous movement.”
“It is noteworthy that none of these people does not have and has never had any relation to the real Gypsies. It’s a personal choice of each follower of new age ideology and practices. The road, horses, tents – everything is alive, relevant and attracts those who do not wish to linger long in one place in pursuit of new experiences. They come from our society and our culture, they are still closer to us than ethnic Gypsies”.
Album “the New Gypsies” Ian Makela, including essays, Williams Shaft (Val Williams) and Esmeralda Sanger (Ezmeralda Sanger), published by Prestel.
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