I first met John during April 2009. I was driving from Ottery St Mary towards Whimple when I saw a large wooden, multi-coloured caravan parked on a grass verge at Straightway Head. Tied to a tree nearby was a large Irish Cob horse, Gildor and adjacent to the caravan a contained camp fire. As I enjoy photography and I had my camera with me, I stopped and walked back to introduce myself and ask if I could take a couple of photographs. Rather shyly John agreed. In exchange I said I would return with copies of the photographs for his keep sake, which I duly did. Over the coming months and years I have passed John on several more occasions, he being parked up on various grass verges adjacent to main roads. If I have had my camera I would ask and he would allow me to take further photographs. In exchange I suggested that I might produce postcards of my takes and that he might sell them for his profit. A board can frequently be seen leaning against his wooden caravan offering postcards for sale.
In May 2010 John's wooden caravan suffered a broken axle and torrential rain reduced it to a broken pile of wood. He spent the next few weeks rebuilding his home with the remains of his former broken caravan, the result was a much reduced caravan and home, in size and no doubt comfort.
Over the years since I first met John, my husband and I have built up a trust and when we see him we often stop for a chat and 'catch-up'. I take more photographs and produce more postcards at his request, we also take over freshly baked bread which he always welcomes.