We English by Simon Roberts 27.1 - 5.4.12
Simon Roberts travelled throughout England in a motorhome between August 2007 and September 2008, for this portfolio of large-format tableaux photographs of the English at leisure. Roberts’ national survey was informed by the photography of his predecessors Tony Ray Jones, John Davies and Martin Parr, and by the romantic tradition of English landscape painting.

Photographing ordinary people engaged in a variety of pastimes, Roberts finds beauty in the mundane; the result is an elegiac exploration of identity, attachment to home and land, and the relationship between people and place. Seeking out ordinary people engaged in diverse pastimes, Roberts’ work shows us a populace with a profound attachment to its' local environments and homeland. We English explores the notion that nationhood - that what it means to be English - is to be found on the surface of contemporary life, encapsulated by everyday rituals and activities.
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