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      Horsing Around at the Gypsy Mecca

      May 2, 2013

      Appleby Horse Fair has been dubbed the Gypsy Mecca because every year Romany and Irish Traveller families come from miles away to get to the little Cumbrian village to celebrate their culture, meet up with old friends, and haggle for horses. It is the largest fair of its kind in Europe and the last great Gypsy gathering in England.

      I have always been attracted to the romance of nomadism and therefore wanted to experience a culture that causes so much controversy just by living alongside our own. With the Gypsy council as my base, I slept in a tent and heard young boys rapping, Traveller women heatedly discussing their gender's place in their community, and fortune tellers selling the future for £20. The rest, I photographed. 

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      Topics: Appleby Horse Fair, travellers, photography, Diana Patient

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