Who has not dreamed of a life on the road from time to time – wondering what it would be like, to wander, free, amongst nomadic peoples? This series of images portraits the Irish Traveller, nomads with roots in Ireland, whom photographer Sebastian Hesse has followed the for two and a half years. On the British Isles they’re well known for gathering at picturesque horse fairs, where they mix with the other nomadic people of Britain, the Romanies. At the horse fairs time seems to have stood still for centuries, yet at the same time, both in the UK and in the Republic of Ireland, the nomadic lifestyle is now all but impossible to pursue. These photographs do not merely show the last reservations of a dying-out culture. They also depict the travellers’ daily struggle for survival, having to resist intolerance and hostility.
See also: Journey in the Dark book and exhibition in Berlin.