Gypsies of Turkey


Are the Gypsy people witnessing the destruction of their culture?

My project, called Gypsies, began with this question in 1999 and has become my passion.   I am participating in this project with the hope of obtaining additional funding to continue with the study and documentation of the Gypsy culture.

With an invitation to a friends wedding, I was allowed the opportunity to witness the inside workings of the secretive Gypsy lifestyle, I soon realized I had a cultural curiosity for the Gypsy life.

The aim of this project is to introduce an obscure culture known as the Gypsies to a wider audience.   I have gained the trust and friendship of the Gypsies which I believe will help to unveil this secretive society. I have devoted much time to studying the Gypsy culture and would like to capture not only images, but also verbal dialog as well as traditional Gypsy music to enhance the experience of the viewer.

I think this culture can teach us a lot. Gypsies seem to hold on to their freedom,  they know how to be content with simple things and the beauty that nature provides.  Their close-knit family and community structure provides them with a sense of security.  It would be a good thing for the rest of us to become acquainted with such a culture.




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