walshingham

My Thoughts on My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding

I should have cracked straight into studying this morning, but I felt drawn to watch the first episode of this on 4OD. See, i’ve encountered this same gypsy culture at a catholic festival in Walshingham (south England) and I can honestly say my initial responses was probably the same as the majority of viewers were when watching this. Two details that stuck out were that the girls seemed very obstinate of their lifestyle and their place in the world, and all the males came across as very intimidating and somewhat mischievous. This initial perspective hasn’t changed, in fact it has been confirmed more so. But another element has been added to my view- a simple acceptance that their culture is plainly dissimilar to our own. I don’t have the right to say whether it is good or bad (the fact to that is I don’t entirely know). The characters, their attitudes and their lifestyle came across as to me as somewhat startling and unappealing. But I can honestly say that these instant impressions were stipulated by a truly unsettling component of my own western culture; the notion that something new, or something that doesn’t follow the norm of the majority, is quite simply something to be laughed at. The show clearly put a lot of focus on this with it’s distasteful use of music to create a comical sense of the divergent culture to our own. 

The excellent pixar short video ‘Day and Night’ highlights the notion of our impulse in this western culture to reject ideas that we’re unfamiliar with, to laugh at them and even to reject their presence of living within our own culture. But it develops to the idea that if we took a second to open our minds with loving hearts, we would be able to see the point where we can converge as human beings. Our background and cultures cannot simply change, and probably shouldn’t, but we can change our approach in the way that we observe and accept each other. 

(I’m obviously saying this to the western culture because the gypsy culture is so closed, but with that said I’m not projecting that they aren’t being told the same thing)

So I was at work whilst trying to figure out places to take photos and I asked David who travels around norfolk and takes amazing photos. He suggested a few places, such as;

  • Bran caster
  • Hayden
  • Walshingham
  • Aylsham
  • Buxton

And the two places that I know I definitely want to go;

  • Blakney
  • Stiffkey

I think all of these places will be picturesque enough to take photos in. I’m slightly worried that I can’t really find any photos of the places David suggested so hopefully I there will be somewhere we can park with a good view.