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Picture Show: At Home on the Road in Australia

In Australia, as in the United States, the idea of keeping house in a mobile home carries no shortage of negative stigma....

In Australia, as in the United States, the idea of keeping house in a mobile home carries no shortage of negative stigma. There's a default assumption that, should someone permanently live in a trailer-or a caravan, as they are also called-that person's life must have gone horribly wrong at some point. Of course, that isn't always the case. As Martina Gemmola's fantastic series "Caravanna" illustrates, some people just prefer to have the road at their doorstep-and to be able to take that doorstep with them wherever they go. Her series tells the stories of caravan residents in and around the Melbourne area of Victoria, Australia-from the countryside, to the outskirts of the city, to the coast-who've opted to live as the do for any number of reasons. "I think it's the transient nature that people are in awe of," explains the photographer. "The ability to just pack everything up one day and leave is a freedom that most of us lack."Below is a selection from "Caravanna." All captions by the photographer.


Helen wears the pants, but she wears them in a loving way.

After 90 years of diversity, Ray's spirit refuses to grow old.

A veggie garden and a VCR-Terry insists he is settled for life.

Dispirited by routine, Jack discovered life by the sea.

Tempted by anonymity, relocation is David's style.

Gypsy blood flowing through their veins, Bryan and Margaret do it their way.

Passing through, Arnold stayed forever.

A professional clown for 30 years, Davo frolics now for fun.

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