Gypsies in the XXI century

• The Roma in the XXI century

Who are they? Yes, just the representatives of urban youth, fueled by the spirit of vagrancy, anarchist philosophy and hatred of Margaret Thatcher, who one day climbed aboard an old battered crew and traded the convenience of the modern world to the charms of nomadic freedom.

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Today's travelers in style New Age went even further: they prefer traditional horse caravans low economical vans, although it does not shy away from modern technology - such as mobile phones, laptops, and even Facebook.

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At the end of 1980 and all of the 90 years of history about these outcasts were told everywhere. Remembered they are usually due to the taboo of rave parties, clashes with the police, raids on drug addicts and critical attitude to the criminal proceedings.

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Young people from the middle class, to the dismay of their wealthy parents succumbed to the charms of a romantic lifestyle, with its lack of strict rules and the charm of wandering. Their canvas tents travel through England and Europe - from festival to festival, from "questionable" gatherings to "dubious" gatherings, often causing irritation among landowners and local law enforcement agencies.

Gypsies in the XXI century

Although the new wanderers over the past decade has been written not so much their movement does not come from a distance and continues to gain momentum.

Gypsies in the XXI century

Photographer Ian McKellen (Iain McKell), watching a small group of strangers for 10 years, has released an album of stunning photographs entitled "New Roma" (published by Prestel). These pictures reflect the changes in the lifestyle of modern nomads. Taking the example of the tradition of gypsy camp, many of them decisively abandoned motor vehicles and went on horse traction.

Gypsies in the XXI century

In an interview anothermag.com Ian McKell said: "It started in 1986. Group New Age travelers called themselves "peace convoy" and hit the road in the camper. And then, when I returned to Stonehenge (Stonehenge) in 2001, they changed their name to "Summer Solstice". I was struck by a new "tribe" which has passed in the horse pull, but use all the latest technology, as well as solar energy, mobile phones, portable computers, and, of course, Facebook. This combination of old and new came to my liking - especially when combined with a continuous motion. "

Gypsies in the XXI century

"It is noteworthy that none of these people has not and never had any relation to the real Roma. It is a personal choice of every follower of New Age ideology and practice. The road, horses, tents - all that is alive, relevant and attracts those who do not want to linger long in one place in the pursuit of new experiences. They come from our society and our culture, they are still closer to us than to ethnic Roma ".

Gypsies in the XXI century

Photo Album "New Roma" Ian McKellen, including essays Val Williams (Val Williams) and Esmeralda Sanger (Ezmeralda Sanger), released by publishing house Prestel.

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Photographer Ian McKellen.