In the early 1970's, I spent five years traveling back and forth to Ireland visiting and photographing the Irish Tinkers (now called Travellers). I was fascinated by their nomadic lifestyle and their ability to survive and live independently despite the efforts of society and the authorities to force them into permanent campsite or houses.
It was a way of life based on extrordinarily close family ties, a resistance to acquisition of material possessions and an honest philosophy of making do: using other peoples spare change, trees as washing lines, a farmers field for grazing ponies, scrap tin for making pots and pans. Children were taught to live by their wits; accepting death and trouble with the same fatalism as they would storms and bad weather.
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