1965年,摄影师Alen MacWeeney在都柏林的荒野见到了这些游牧人。他们把自己称作旅行者,他们喜欢住在色彩丰富的吉普赛大篷车、摇摇欲坠的棚屋或部队帐篷里。他们的独立、独特和忍耐力深深的打动了MacWeeney,尽管生活环境一片苍凉。5年间,无数个夜晚,MacWeeney待在这些旅行者的家里、营火旁,同他们打交道,喝茶,听他们说故事。这一切都被记录在相机和录音机里。

In 1965, Alen MacWeeney came upon an encampment of itinerants in a waste ground by the Cherry Orchard Fever Hospital outside Dublin. Called tinkers and later styled Travellers, as they preferred to call themselves, they were living in richly colored caravans, ramshackle sheds, and time-worn tents. MacWeeney was captivated by their independence, individuality, and endurance, despite the bleakness of their circumstances. Accepted by the Travellers, he began to take photographs. Over five years, he spent countless evenings in the Travellers’ caravans and by their campfires, drinking tea and listening to their tales, songs, and music — which had been rarely shared or captured by camera and tape recorder.