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We English – a nation in photography


The Independent takes a look at a new photography book called We English by Simon Roberts – a book of snaps that is supposed to show what England is all about.

At Fountains Fell in the Yorkshire Dales a couple sit in fold-up chairs looking out over the valley. They have a table between them, with plastic cups filled with tea from a flask. Their backs are to us. He is wearing a straw Panama hat and her dress is floral. Their Vauxhall Corsa is parked on the verge. Roberts came across the couple as he was driving through the valley. Called Les and Doreen Barnett, they have been coming to this spot every week for 50 years to sit and take in the view. In Hathersage, Derbyshire a middle- aged Muslim couple, wearing traditional robes, walk through the bracken by the rocks at Stanage Edge. They are on a walking holiday from their home in Leicester.

It sounds like he didn’t attempt to take pictures in any small market towns at around 11.30pm on a Friday night as the pubs are turfing out the drunks. Then he’d have some entertaining photos.

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