Irish Travelers Photos Show Community Where Children Grow Up Fast

Lauren Freeman

Journalist

Jamie Johnson has taken her cameras to Ireland to photograph the Irish Travellers and capture the lives of children whose seem to grow up way too fast. "Three years ago, I was invited by a photographer friend to document a community of Irish Travellers during the Ballinasloe Horse Fair and Festival, an event when travelers come from all over the Ireland and Europe to connect, sell puppies and ponies, and marry off their children," wrote Jamie online.

"I learned their traditions of being sharply dressed young boys and overly provocatively dressed young girls yet still very Catholic, their goals of falling in love, getting married young and producing many children. And a strong sense of taking care of each other and family values and always respecting God."

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Jamie Johnson comes from Los Angeles, she is a fan of alternative processes. This experimentation started several years ago, when Jamies started using 8 x 10 and 4×5 cameras Civil War era lenses as well as using Wet Plate Collodion (also known as Tin Types) photography.

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