Alternative Horse Drawn Travellers

There are people in the UK known as ‘Crusties’ made up of Hippies and Punks who have left society and mostly live off grid. This documentary concentrates on those that have taken up being horse drawn and now live closely with people from traditional traveler roots, including Romany.

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Alternative Horse Drawn Travellers

 Bryony rides through Brookhouse Ford, Preston Bagot, England on the way to the Beltane Bash 2018

Bryony rides through Brookhouse Ford, Preston Bagot, England on the way to the Beltane Bash 2018

 
 

There are people in the UK known as ‘Crusties’ made up of Hippies and Punks who have left society and mostly live off grid. This documentary concentrates on those that have taken up being horse drawn and now live closely with people from traditional traveler roots, including Romany.

This project began with Cruzy and Wilf, the boys just younger than me that travel by themselves in traditional Romany horse drawn wagons. I had had enough of not having done any work that had any feeling or import and I decided to stop looking at what others had done and entering competitions and the like. I deserved to go out with my camera and find something that I could capture, not for anyone but just so that the story of what I found was captured, along with as much of the life of what I found as possible. I wanted to create something that meant something to me. I turned left from my usual path and 5 minutes from my house they were there. I ended up spending many hours with them, taking about their life and mine while sometimes photographing. Months pass and in the exact same place was Pete and Racheal. I spent almost 6am-6pm almost every day for four weeks with them, sitting by their fire in my Grandad’s garden chair from the shed in the garden. I actually got known by a few people in the town for this as I posted some of the images I was taking to the local Facebook forum to see what people think of P&R. I’ve gone to them when I’ve felt very down indeed and just 15 mins with them and I’m happy for a few days. I don’t think I could live the life for multiple reasons but I wouldn’t mind seeing them all more. That includes everyone I’ve met through the family to their friends and the festival goers (ok maybe one or two of the festival goers I wouldn’t mind not meeting again!)

 

The Delany Family

 

A family living in traditional horse drawn wagons, with Pete at the head. Pete left an apprenticeship with a car bodywork building company in Birmingham to hitchhike with no purpose 'till he found festivals and a family to raise. R's story?  

It's a family of horse drawn travelers with no family history of that way of life. Pete was doing an apprenticeship at a car bodywork building company where became depressed. He booked a few weeks holiday and hitchhiked, leaving behind the job and a life. He was part of the Punk movement - he went to festivals and lived in old, falling-apart vehicles, for which he was constantly stopped by the police on the road. He raised a family on the road and his second son and second daughter are still traveling in wagons of their own. Pete is a signwriter and paints wagons.
I have yet to finish this part as I need to photograph the children, who are traveling on their own, for the first time away from Pete and Racheal. I also have to photograph the 'Beltane Bash' which is Pete's festival.

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General Life

 

From one place to the next, maybe after a festival and before another job, there is a moment of peace. This time is taken to relax and do odd jobs. There's always moving the horses at the end of a day but you can take the time to try a new way of painting or a new, interesting, object to paint.

Fire is always on started at beginning of day. unless really bad weather so it can't be lit.

horses moved where why when

visiters? who and why? locals? bringing things? what they bringing?

family?

water?

Food? vegetarian?

shopping?

plants?

animals? dogs? horses? list? interesting info?

Who what where when why how?

 

 

 

Painting a waggon

 

Who what where when why how?

How long?

How much they get?

B has been learning?

 

The Beltane Bash

A traditional travellers' festival

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Pete, 'Orible' (to his friends) Ian and Dave Sanger run the Beltane Bash festival, with the Delany family and their friends as the gate staff.

This 2018 festival was the last one in Preston Fields as it was so muddy and Pete always has a lot of problems from local residents who don't like the festival. According to Pete these included a judge who complained and then herd that very case.

First time I've camped. How was it? What I did to prepare? Who what where when why how?

The tractor story? Who what where when why how?

 

 

Christmas holly wreathes in Redditch

 

In a car park just outside Redditch cemetery, the family sets up their yearly holly wreath stall. They are known to the locals well by now, having done it for ? years.

They used to camp on the roundabout opposite but had a falling out with a now rival family who now takes the roundabout before the Delanys get there. Pete says:?

Who what where when why how?


 

Cruisy Barrett

Travelling Woodsman

 

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Rapping

Stuff stolen?