A group of Irish gypsies, known as travellers were captured by photographer Colin O’Brien in 1987 while he was snapping photos of a warehouse in London Fields. The dilapidated Hackney area served as a playground for a group of traveller children who left their cramped caravans for fun and games. Over a period of several weeks, O’Brien was able to gain the trust of the youngsters and their parents, taking their intimate and powerful portraits set against the littered streets and graffitied walls. Grubby faces and skinny bodies drowning in acid washed denim can’t conceal each child’s personality that shines through in O’Brien’s series of poetic images. Click past the break for more.
Image Credit: Colin O’Brien [Spotted via Retronaut]