Losing Ground

Donovan Wylie and Andrew O’Hagan

A frank and revealing photographic account of a group of travellers by one of our finest young photographers.

In 1993, photographer Donovan Wylie began documenting the lives of a group of young people who were first dubbed by Thatcher as New Age Travellers. He found them in a lay-by on a main road in Gloucestershire and has been photographing their lives ever since.

Losing Ground tells the intimate story of one gathering of individuals searching for an alternative. Whether disillusioned by modern culture, excluded from it, or simply seeking a safe haven, this group found each other and created its own refuge outside society. Donovan Wylie’s photographs chart their progress and decline, from the idyllic rural setting of Gloucestershire, to London’s urban underworld.

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