What makes the English so… English? London photographer Orlando Gili is on a mission to find out, and he’s travelled the length and breadth of Britain to capture our distinct character.
Published by Hoxton Mini Press, his new photobook The English at Play focuses on how we as a nation spend our leisure time. And the timing couldn’t be more perfect, as it now serves as an intoxicated document of the freedoms we’ve been sorely missing since March.
From horse racing to ancient rituals like cheese rolling medieval village bottle-kicking to more modern activities such as Santa pub crawls, Orlando’s photographs reveal something that’s at the heart of Englishness: a relentless desire for organised fun.
Trivial Pursuits: The English at Play was designed to be a celebration of the community, culture and tradition of the English. Now the world has changed, it represents something very different. Either way, it holds up a mirror to our nation that proves irresistible to look into.
People’s Vote march, Park Lane, London
DJ Argue presents Hell in a Cell 2, Shoreditch, London
Last Night of the Proms, Hyde Park, London
Royal Wedding street party, Hampshire
Whitstable Oyster Festival, Kent
Royal Gunpowder Mills VE Weekend, Essex
Pride, Soho, London
World Cup 2018 England vs Tunisia, Essex