Till & Jon, Journeyman. They are a shoemaker and carpenter respectively, and were on the Walz across the UK and Ireland when pictured here.
The tradition, with roots in medieval times, sees them travel for 3 years and one day from town to town, offering their craftwork skills in exchange for food, accommodation and travel. The Journey allows them to extend their knowledge and craft, whilst truly experiencing different cultures.
Till and Jon caught my eye as they were on the Walz at the M1 Northbound exit on The Falls, Belfast. They looked too interesting to pass, so I put foot to brake and picked up my first hitchhikers. I exchanged the lift down the road for portraits and heard stories of their journey along the way.
The Journeymen are required to be unmarried, childless and debt free, so that the Journeymen Years will not be taken as a chance to run away from social obligations.
When I left the pair in Newry (the Southernmost town in Northern Ireland) they told me the planned to head West. Jon got in contact with me 5 days later from Westport; as the name suggests, they made good on their plans and were being employed to repair an old boat.