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The Royal Bath and West Show, Shepton Mallet, Somerset from the series #MerrieAlbion.
British summer months are prime agricultural and county show time. Part tradition, part joyous eccentricity, a county show is a celebration of the countryside: from floral arrangements to sheep shearing, the British Cider Championships to cheese displays. The Royal Bath and West Show is one of the biggest agricultural shows in the country often welcoming over 150,000 attendees. The historic show is organized by the Royal Bath and West of England Society; it was founded in 1852, and toured the country before a permanent home was established at Shepton Mallet. Each year a member of the Royal Family visits. Here Princess Anne can be seen here presenting a rosette to the ‘British Limousin Champion’ in the Exhibitor Breed Beef Group. 
Follow @lifestyle.zzz  to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts#britishlandscape #landscapestudiesofasmallisland#royalbathandwestshow #sheptonmallet#agriculturalshow


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Photograph by @simoncroberts.

The Royal Bath and West Show, Shepton Mallet, Somerset from the series #MerrieAlbion.
British summer months are prime agricultural and county show time. Part tradition, part joyous eccentricity, a county show is a celebration of the countryside: from floral arrangements to sheep shearing, the British Cider Championships to cheese displays. The Royal Bath and West Show is one of the biggest agricultural shows in the country often welcoming over 150,000 attendees. The historic show is organized by the Royal Bath and West of England Society; it was founded in 1852, and toured the country before a permanent home was established at Shepton Mallet. Each year a member of the Royal Family visits. Here Princess Anne can be seen here presenting a rosette to the ‘British Limousin Champion’ in the Exhibitor Breed Beef Group.
Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #britishlandscape #landscapestudiesofasmallisland #royalbathandwestshow #sheptonmallet #agriculturalshow


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Photograph by @simoncroberts. Members of the Dickens Society enjoy a dip in the sea whilst wearing authentic Victorian bathing suits (Broadstairs, UK) from the series #MerrieAlbion. The Broadstairs Dickens Festival was founded in 1937 to commemorate the centenary of Dickens’s birth. Dickens visited Broadstairs frequently; it was his favourite seaside summer escape between 1837 and 1859, and he called it ‘Our English Watering Place’. Gladys Waterer, who at the time of the founding of the Dickens Festival lived in Dickens House, conceived of the idea of putting on a production of David Copperfield, and publicizing it by having people wear Victorian dress about the town. The festival has been held annually ever since, with the only exception being the Second World War years.
Follow @simoncroberts to see more work from this series and other works. @flowersgallery @natgeo
#landscapestudiesofasmallisland #simonroberts #dickensfestival #dickens #broadstairs #flowersgallery #victorians #britishlandscape #britishseaside #britishcoast


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Photograph by @simoncroberts. Ferrybridge Power Station, Knottingley, West Yorkshire, UK from the series #MerrieAlbion.
Looming above the residential landscape, the cooling towers of Ferrybridge Power Station are the largest of their kind in Europe. A coal-fired power station, and one of fourteen in the UK before its closure in early 2016, Ferrybridge C employed over 800 people during the height of its operations. It was considered no longer economically viable by its owners to keep the power station open. Its closure on 31 March 2016 removed 3.4GW of capacity—about 4 per cent of the country’s total—and followed the closure in late 2015 of Kellingley Colliery, Britain’s last deep-coal mine, just a few miles down the road. The UK government plans to phase out unabated coal-fired power stations by 2025. However, fears that the country will be unable to maintain secure electricity supplies could spell trouble for coal phase-out plans.

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#landscapestudiesofasmallisland #simonroberts #energysecurity #ferrybridgepowerstation #ferrybridge


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Photograph by @simoncroberts. Ferrybridge Power Station, Knottingley, West Yorkshire, UK from the series #MerrieAlbion.
Looming above the residential landscape, the cooling towers of Ferrybridge Power Station are the largest of their kind in Europe. A coal-fired power station, and one of fourteen in the UK before its closure in early 2016, Ferrybridge C employed over 800 people during the height of its operations. It was considered no longer economically viable by its owners to keep the power station open. Its closure on 31 March 2016 removed 3.4GW of capacity—about 4 per cent of the country’s total—and followed the closure in late 2015 of Kellingley Colliery, Britain’s last deep-coal mine, just a few miles down the road. The UK government plans to phase out unabated coal-fired power stations by 2025. However, fears that the country will be unable to maintain secure electricity supplies could spell trouble for coal phase-out plans.

Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works.
#landscapestudiesofasmallisland #simonroberts #energysecurity #ferrybridgepowerstation #ferrybridge


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Photograph by @simoncroberts.
Participants in the 2015 Refugee Tales Walk follow the North Downs Way through the village of Oxted, UK. Taking its name from Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Refugee Tales is an annual event organized by the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group. Its aim is to reclaim the pastoral southeast English landscape for a vocabulary of hospitality and welcome. The tales of refugees who have directly experienced the UK’s immigration detention and asylum system are told and shared, aiming to show what indefinite detention means. In June 2015, the Refugee Tales project walked from Dover to Crawley along the North Downs Way in solidarity with refugees, asylum seekers, and immigration detainees. Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group was set up in 1995 when the UK Immigration Service began to detain people at a small holding centre near Gatwick Airport. This years' walk takes place between Saturday 7th July and Wednesday 11th July

Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #britishlandscape #merriealbion #landscapestudiesofasmallisland #refugeetaleswalk #gatwickdetaineeswelfaregroup


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Photograph by @simoncroberts. Members of the Dickens Society enjoy a dip in the sea whilst wearing authentic Victorian bathing suits (Broadstairs, UK) from the series #MerrieAlbion. The Broadstairs Dickens Festival was founded in 1937 to commemorate the centenary of Dickens’s birth. Dickens visited Broadstairs frequently; it was his favourite seaside summer escape between 1837 and 1859, and he called it ‘Our English Watering Place’. Gladys Waterer, who at the time of the founding of the Dickens Festival lived in Dickens House, conceived of the idea of putting on a production of David Copperfield, and publicizing it by having people wear Victorian dress about the town. The festival has been held annually ever since, with the only exception being the Second World War years.
Follow @simoncroberts to see more work from this series and other works. @flowersgallery @natgeo
#landscapestudiesofasmallisland #simonroberts #dickensfestival #dickens #broadstairs #flowersgallery #victorians #britishlandscape #britishseaside #britishcoast


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Photograph by @simoncroberts. Red Road Flats, Balornock, Glasgow, UK from the series #MerrieAlbion.

When the eight Red Road flats were built in 1967 they were seen as the answer to Glasgow’s housing shortage and the clearance of the slums, but as time went on the high-rise buildings became synonymous with serious gang crime, drug dealing, and suicides, not to mention health and safety risks (there is asbestos throughout the structure). By the 1990s, residents included refugees from Kosovo, Africa, Iran, Iraq, and the former Soviet Union, housed in the Red Road by asylum charities. As part of a regeneration programme, the Glasgow Housing Association announced in 2005 its intention to demolish the tallest block, and phased demolition was planned for the remaining high-rises. The flats were brought down by controlled explosion in 2015.
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#landscapestudiesofasmallisland #simonroberts #glasgow #redroadflats


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Photograph by @simoncroberts.
Participants in the 2015 Refugee Tales Walk follow the North Downs Way through the village of Oxted, UK. Taking its name from Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Refugee Tales is an annual event organized by the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group. Its aim is to reclaim the pastoral southeast English landscape for a vocabulary of hospitality and welcome. The tales of refugees who have directly experienced the UK’s immigration detention and asylum system are told and shared, aiming to show what indefinite detention means. In June 2015, the Refugee Tales project walked from Dover to Crawley along the North Downs Way in solidarity with refugees, asylum seekers, and immigration detainees. Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group was set up in 1995 when the UK Immigration Service began to detain people at a small holding centre near Gatwick Airport. This years' walk takes place between Saturday 7th July and Wednesday 11th July

Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #britishlandscape #merriealbion #landscapestudiesofasmallisland #refugeetaleswalk #gatwickdetaineeswelfaregroup


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Photograph by @simoncroberts. Ferrybridge Power Station, Knottingley, West Yorkshire, UK from the series #MerrieAlbion.
Looming above the residential landscape, the cooling towers of Ferrybridge Power Station are the largest of their kind in Europe. A coal-fired power station, and one of fourteen in the UK before its closure in early 2016, Ferrybridge C employed over 800 people during the height of its operations. It was considered no longer economically viable by its owners to keep the power station open. Its closure on 31 March 2016 removed 3.4GW of capacity—about 4 per cent of the country’s total—and followed the closure in late 2015 of Kellingley Colliery, Britain’s last deep-coal mine, just a few miles down the road. The UK government plans to phase out unabated coal-fired power stations by 2025. However, fears that the country will be unable to maintain secure electricity supplies could spell trouble for coal phase-out plans.

Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works.
#landscapestudiesofasmallisland #simonroberts #energysecurity #ferrybridgepowerstation #ferrybridge


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Refugee Tales Walk, North Downs Way, Oxted, 2015 from the series #MerrieAlbion.
Taking its name from Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Refugee Tales is an annual event organized by the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group. Its aim is to reclaim the pastoral southeast English landscape for a vocabulary of hospitality and welcome. The tales of refugees who have directly experienced the UK’s immigration detention and asylum system are told and shared, aiming to show what indefinite detention means. In June 2015, the Refugee Tales project walked from Dover to Crawley along the North Downs Way in solidarity with refugees, asylum seekers, and immigration detainees. Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group was set up in 1995 when the UK Immigration Service began to detain people at a small holding centre near Gatwick Airport. This years walk takes place between Saturday 7th July and Wednesday 11th July

@refugeetales #simonroberts #britishlandscape #landscapesutdiesofasmallisland #refugeetaleswalk #gatwickdetaineeswelfaregroup


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Photograph by @simoncroberts. Beachy Head, Seven Sisters Country Park, East Sussex, UK from the series #MerrieAlbion.
In the week Theresa May triggered Article 50, the start of the two-year negotiation period to take Britain out of the EU, ramblers explore the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs. For many, the Seven Sisters between the Seaford and Eastbourne coastline are symbolic of Britain; they were recently voted one of the top twenty breath-taking views in the UK. As Stephen Purcell, who teaches English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick, comments, ‘The cliffs are used in the play to symbolize a boundary, one between the known and the unknown. That’s what the cliffs represent to many, a boundary between land and sea, high and low, between Britain and the outside.’ In June 2017, two massive rock falls took place in less than twenty-four hours along the chalk cliffs, sending tons of rock crashing into the sea, and outlining the fragility of this landscape.
Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works.
#landscapestudiesofasmallisland #simonroberts #southdowns #whitecliffs #beachyhead #britishlandscape #britishcoast #southdownscountrypark


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Photograph by @simoncroberts. Beachy Head, Seven Sisters Country Park, East Sussex, UK from the series #MerrieAlbion.
In the week Theresa May triggered Article 50, the start of the two-year negotiation period to take Britain out of the EU, ramblers explore the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs. For many, the Seven Sisters between the Seaford and Eastbourne coastline are symbolic of Britain; they were recently voted one of the top twenty breath-taking views in the UK. As Stephen Purcell, who teaches English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick, comments, ‘The cliffs are used in the play to symbolize a boundary, one between the known and the unknown. That’s what the cliffs represent to many, a boundary between land and sea, high and low, between Britain and the outside.’ In June 2017, two massive rock falls took place in less than twenty-four hours along the chalk cliffs, sending tons of rock crashing into the sea, and outlining the fragility of this landscape.
Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works.
#landscapestudiesofasmallisland #simonroberts #southdowns #whitecliffs #beachyhead #britishlandscape #britishcoast #southdownscountrypark


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Penshaw Monument, Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear, UK from the series #MerrieAlbion. Currently on show @sidegallery1977 in the group exhibition ‘ABOUT THE NORTH:IMAGINED DIALOGUES’ until September 2018.

Visitors enjoy the view overlooking Herrington Country Park from atop Penshaw Monument. The monument was built in 1844 for the first Earl of Durham, John George Lambton, becoming a National Trust property in 1939. The monument dominates the bucolic landscape, with many sources suggesting it is a half-size replica of the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens. Overlooked by Penshaw Monument is Herrington Country Park, home to one of the former collieries of the Durham Coalfield. When the colliery closed in 1985, soon after Margaret Thatcher’s victory in the miner’s strike, the waste heap was the biggest in North East England. Now a site of industry is transformed to a site of leisure, with walkways, cycle trails, and environmental sculptures. In addition to running a variety of shows, including the North-East Funfair, Herrington Country Park also hosts the annual Miners Memorial Service.


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Photograph by @simoncroberts.
Contestants compete in the Cotswold Olimpick Games, near Chipping Campden, in the Cotswolds of England. Created by lawyer Robert Dover in the early 1600s, with the support of King James, the Cotswold Olimpicks claim to be at the origins of modern Olympic games. A temporary wooden structure called Dover Castle was erected in a natural amphitheatre on what is now known as Dover’s Hill, complete with small cannons that were fired to begin the events. Held annually every Spring, original events like sledgehammer throwing and wrestling have since given way to Shin-Kicking, piano smashing, and Static Jump competitions.
Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #merriealbion #britishlandscape


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Photograph by @simoncroberts.
Willy Lott’s House at Flatford, East Bergholt, Suffolk, UK from the series #MerrieAlbion

Visitors to Constable Country, as it came to be called in his own lifetime, are often surprised by how small it first seems on the ground. Many of the sites of John Constable’s major paintings, such as The Hay Wain (1821), are located within a few miles of Flatford Mill. In the past twenty years many of the views around Willy Lott’s House have been cleared of blocking trees and vegetation, so that the landscape on the ground now imitates that in Constable’s pictures, no matter what license the painter took in his own time assembling pictures from a variety of sources. Constable’s paintings of Suffolk have been credited for putting parts of the country previously thought of as unremarkable on the picturesque ‘map’. Here a member of the National Trust holds up a replica of one of Constable’s paintings to visiting tourists. To British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, Constable’s landscapes were so deeply etched into the landscape that they had ceased to be separable from it: ‘Of a plough team coming over the brow of a hill, the sight that has been seen in England since England was a land’. Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #landscapestudiesofasmallisland #flatfordmill #constablecountry


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Photograph by @simoncroberts.
River Esk at Trough House Bridge, Eskdale, Cumbria from the series #MerrieAlbion

Trough House Bridge, an old packhorse bridge, is in a little rock gorge below Stanley Gill in Eskdale, and is popular for jumping off into the deep river pool. For Wordsworth, Eskdale was ‘the Green Vale of Esk—deep and green with its glittering serpent stream’. The development of Eskdale Common in Cumbria is an integral part of the valley’s landscape history. Initially an aristocratic estate, it is now an expanse managed by the National Trust that includes the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike. There are still more than a million acres of common land in England and Wales, most privately owned and in upland regions of northern England and Wales. The National Trust, along with English Heritage, Ministry of Defence, utility companies, and the Forestry Commission, are among the largest landowners in Britain.

Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #landscapestudiesofasmallisland #eskdale #nationalproperty


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Photograph by @simoncroberts.
Ashley Vale Allotments, Bristol, UK from the series #MerrieAlbion

Sophie and Matthew Holker tend their plot on the Ashley Vale Allotments, whilst their daughter Esme looks on. Ashley (meaning ash tree wood in Old English) Vale has been occupied since Roman times. The history of the allotments starts around the time of the First World War, when the land was turned over to the growing of vegetables, shortly before rationing was introduced. The ‘Rules of the Ashley Vale Allotment Association Ltd.’ were registered with the Agricultural Organization Society in 1917. The site now consists of over 200 plots overlooking St Werburghs City Farm. In July 2009, the House of Commons Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Committee published a report, ‘Securing Food Supplies up to 2050: The Challenges Faced by the UK’. It acknowledges the important role of home-grown food and that the Government needs to plan for increased public demand for allotments. In fact, a 2017 study by food policy experts from three universities has warned that departure from the EU raises such urgent complications for food and agriculture that without focus on the issue “the risk is that food security in the UK will be seriously undermined”, leading to dwindling supplies and erratic prices.

Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #landscapestudiesofasmallisland #allotments #foodsustainability #ashleyvale #britishlandscape


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Beachy Head, Seven Sisters Country Park, East Sussex, 24 March 2017 by @simoncroberts From my most recent book #MerrieAlbion.
In the week Theresa May triggered Article 50, the start of the two-year negotiation period to take Britain out of the EU, ramblers explore the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs. For many, the Seven Sisters between the Seaford and Eastbourne coastline are symbolic of Britain; they were recently voted one of the top twenty breath-taking views in the UK. As Stephen Purcell, who teaches English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick, comments, ‘The cliffs are used in the play to symbolize a boundary, one between the known and the unknown. That’s what the cliffs represent to many, a boundary between land and sea, high and low, between Britain and the outside.’ In June 2017, two massive rock falls took place in less than twenty-four hours along the chalk cliffs, sending tons of rock crashing into the sea, and outlining the fragility of this landscape.
#IGtakeover #photography #EizoTakeover #eizoawards #SimonRoberts #BritishLandscape


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London 2012 Opening Ceremony, Olympic Stadium, Stratford, London, 27 July 2012 from #MerrieAlbion by @simoncroberts. Continuing my Eizo UK Instagram takeover today.
The 2012 London Olympic Games was held on the fifth anniversary of the credit crunch, against the backdrop of continued economic uncertainties, Eurozone turmoil, and predictions of a long, slow financial recovery. The previous seven years of Olympic planning had also seen the end of the debt-fuelled boom, and London 2012 presented an opportunity for the British public to momentarily forget the economic cloud that pervaded. The opening ceremony, written by Danny Boyle and Frank Cottrell-Boyce, presented 1948 as the pivot year in the history of Britain: the year London last hosted the last Olympic games (an event known as the austerity games, coming as it did right out of the Second World War), but also the year the National Health Service was founded, and the year of the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush, the ship bearing the Caribbean migrants who would change the face of Britain. At the heart of the show were thousands of volunteers—men and women, mostly not actors and dancers—who turned up to hours of rehearsal in a car park in Dagenham for no pay. One of the most striking aspects of the 2012 Olympiad was the success of the volunteering programme. In addition to the opening ceremony, nearly 70,000 people took part as ‘game makers’, a high proportion of whom had hailed from Newham, home of the Olympic Park, one of London’s poorest boroughs and also its most ethnically diverse. #IGtakeover #photography #EizoTakeover #eizoawards #SimonRoberts #BritishLandscape


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Photograph by @simoncroberts. ‘Men’s Marathon, Westminster Bridge, London’ photographed during the 2012 Olympic Games for the series #MerrieAlbion.
As Britain continues to bask in one of the hottest April months on record the unseasonal weather has triggered warnings for London Marathon runners amid fears today’s race could be the warmest on record. So if you’re running in the race, keep hydrated and good luck!
Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #londonmarathon #londonolympics #london2012


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Photograph by @simoncroberts. ‘Stone Cross St George’s Day Parade, Dartmouth Park, Birmingham, West Midlands’ from the series #MerrieAlbion. The Stone Cross event is reputedly England’s largest St George’s Day parade, held annually to celebrate the national patron saint, best-known by his mythical image as a mighty, dragon-slaying medieval soldier. Although George would likely have been a soldier somewhere in the eastern Roman Empire, probably in what is now Turkey – if he ever existed. The saint is not only honoured in England, as he is the patron to organisations in 24 other countries including Bulgaria, Macedonia, Jordan and Lebanon. Traditional St George’s Day activities include flying the St George’s Cross red and white flag.
Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #stgeorgesday #britishlandscape #saintgeorge


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Greetings all. This is @simoncroberts, a British photographer and one of the judges of this year’s Eizo Student Awards. I’m here taking over the Eizo instagram account for a few days. My work deals primarily with relationships to landscape and notions of identity and belonging. In the past few years I have concentrated on making work about the British landscape with series such as #WeEnglish, #TheElectionProject and #MerrieAlbion. However, I’m going to start by posting some of my earliest works dating back to 1999. This photograph comes from my project ‘This Land is Your Land’ and was captured at an event called #DesertBlast, an annual gathering of pyromaniacs in the Nevada Desert! #IGtakeover #photography #EizoTakeover #eizoawards


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Photograph by @simoncroberts.
In anticipation of next Saturday’s royal nuptials in Britain, here is Prince Harry’s brother, William, sealing his marriage to Catherine Middleton with a kiss on 29 April 2011. It was a moment watched by thousands of revellers in Hyde Park, London, on giant screens as the royal couple’s kiss on the famous Buckingham Palace balcony was televised. Whilst the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Ms Middleton took place at Westminster Abbey, Prince Harry and the American actress Meghan Markle will be wed in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, outside London. The newlyweds will then undertake a two mile tour of Windsor greeting well-wishers lining the streets. It was the father of the modern British constitution, the nineteenth-century essayist Walter Bagehot, who once wrote, ‘A royal family sweetens politics by the seasonable addition of nice and pretty events’. Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #royalwedding #britishlandscape #merriealbion #landscapestudiesofasmallisland


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Photograph by @simoncroberts.
Willy Lott’s House at Flatford, East Bergholt, Suffolk, UK from the series #MerrieAlbion

Visitors to Constable Country, as it came to be called in his own lifetime, are often surprised by how small it first seems on the ground. Many of the sites of John Constable’s major paintings, such as The Hay Wain (1821), are located within a few miles of Flatford Mill. In the past twenty years many of the views around Willy Lott’s House have been cleared of blocking trees and vegetation, so that the landscape on the ground now imitates that in Constable’s pictures, no matter what license the painter took in his own time assembling pictures from a variety of sources. Constable’s paintings of Suffolk have been credited for putting parts of the country previously thought of as unremarkable on the picturesque ‘map’. Here a member of the National Trust holds up a replica of one of Constable’s paintings to visiting tourists. To British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, Constable’s landscapes were so deeply etched into the landscape that they had ceased to be separable from it: ‘Of a plough team coming over the brow of a hill, the sight that has been seen in England since England was a land’. Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #landscapestudiesofasmallisland #flatfordmill #constablecountry


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Photograph by @simoncroberts. Beachy Head, Seven Sisters Country Park, East Sussex, UK from the series #MerrieAlbion.
In the week Theresa May triggered Article 50, the start of the two-year negotiation period to take Britain out of the EU, ramblers explore the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs. For many, the Seven Sisters between the Seaford and Eastbourne coastline are symbolic of Britain; they were recently voted one of the top twenty breath-taking views in the UK. As Stephen Purcell, who teaches English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick, comments, ‘The cliffs are used in the play to symbolize a boundary, one between the known and the unknown. That’s what the cliffs represent to many, a boundary between land and sea, high and low, between Britain and the outside.’ In June 2017, two massive rock falls took place in less than twenty-four hours along the chalk cliffs, sending tons of rock crashing into the sea, and outlining the fragility of this landscape.
Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works.
#landscapestudiesofasmallisland #simonroberts #southdowns #whitecliffs #beachyhead #britishlandscape #britishcoast #southdownscountrypark


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Regrann from @natgeo - Photograph by @simoncroberts.
Penshaw Monument, Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear, UK from the series #MerrieAlbion.

Visitors enjoy the view overlooking Herrington Country Park from atop Penshaw Monument. The monument was built in 1844 for the first Earl of Durham, John George Lambton, becoming a National Trust property in 1939. The monument dominates the bucolic landscape, with many sources suggesting it is a half-size replica of the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens. Overlooked by Penshaw Monument is Herrington Country Park, home to one of the former collieries of the Durham Coalfield. When the colliery closed in 1985, soon after Margaret Thatcher’s victory in the miner’s strike, the waste heap was the biggest in North East England. Now a site of industry is transformed to a site of leisure, with walkways, cycle trails, and environmental sculptures. In addition to running a variety of shows, including the North-East Funfair, Herrington Country Park also hosts the annual Miners Memorial Service.

Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts ##postindustriallandscape #britishlandscape #penshawmonument #landscapestudiesofasmallisland


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Photograph by @simoncroberts.
Penshaw Monument, Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear, UK from the series #MerrieAlbion.

Visitors enjoy the view overlooking Herrington Country Park from atop Penshaw Monument. The monument was built in 1844 for the first Earl of Durham, John George Lambton, becoming a National Trust property in 1939. The monument dominates the bucolic landscape, with many sources suggesting it is a half-size replica of the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens. Overlooked by Penshaw Monument is Herrington Country Park, home to one of the former collieries of the Durham Coalfield. When the colliery closed in 1985, soon after Margaret Thatcher’s victory in the miner’s strike, the waste heap was the biggest in North East England. Now a site of industry is transformed to a site of leisure, with walkways, cycle trails, and environmental sculptures. In addition to running a variety of shows, including the North-East Funfair, Herrington Country Park also hosts the annual Miners Memorial Service.

Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts ##postindustriallandscape #britishlandscape #penshawmonument #landscapestudiesofasmallisland


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I’m taking part in a few events around @photolondonfair today (17th March). At 2pm I’ll be in-conversation with curator Susanna Brown from the V&A - tickets available at Photo London reception. At 3.30 I’ll be doing a book signing of #MerrieAlbion at @dewi_lewis_publishing booth. Then tonight I’ll be part of panel discussion w/ @martinparrstudio, @davidhurnphoto & @sunilphoto at National Maritime Museum @royalmuseumsgreenwich from 6pm. Maybe see you at one of them! #davidhurnsfirstselfie #greatbritishseaside #photolondon2018


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natgeo : Photograph by @simoncroberts
In anticipation of next Saturday’s royal nuptials in Britain, here is Prince Harry’s brother, William, sealing his marriage to Catherine Middleton with a kiss on 29 April 2011. It was a moment watched by thousands of revellers in Hyde Park, London, on giant screens as the royal couple’s kiss on the famous Buckingham Palace balcony was televised. Whilst the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Ms Middleton took place at Westminster Abbey, Prince Harry and the American actress Meghan Markle will be wed in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, outside London. The newlyweds will then undertake a two mile tour of Windsor greeting well-wishers lining the streets. It was the father of the modern British constitution, the nineteenth-century essayist Walter Bagehot, who once wrote, ‘A royal family sweetens politics by the seasonable addition of nice and pretty events’. Follow@simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #royalwedding#britishlandscape #merriealbion#landscapestudiesofasmallisland


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Photograph by @simoncroberts.
In anticipation of next Saturday’s royal nuptials in Britain, here is Prince Harry’s brother, William, sealing his marriage to Catherine Middleton with a kiss on 29 April 2011. It was a moment watched by thousands of revellers in Hyde Park, London, on giant screens as the royal couple’s kiss on the famous Buckingham Palace balcony was televised. Whilst the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Ms Middleton took place at Westminster Abbey, Prince Harry and the American actress Meghan Markle will be wed in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, outside London. The newlyweds will then undertake a two mile tour of Windsor greeting well-wishers lining the streets. It was the father of the modern British constitution, the nineteenth-century essayist Walter Bagehot, who once wrote, ‘A royal family sweetens politics by the seasonable addition of nice and pretty events’. Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #royalwedding #britishlandscape #merriealbion #landscapestudiesofasmallisland


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Photograph by @simoncroberts.
In anticipation of next Saturday’s royal nuptials in Britain, here is Prince Harry’s brother, William, sealing his marriage to Catherine Middleton with a kiss on 29 April 2011. It was a moment watched by thousands of revellers in Hyde Park, London, on giant screens as the royal couple’s kiss on the famous Buckingham Palace balcony was televised. Whilst the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Ms Middleton took place at Westminster Abbey, Prince Harry and the American actress Meghan Markle will be wed in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, outside London. The newlyweds will then undertake a two mile tour of Windsor greeting well-wishers lining the streets. It was the father of the modern British constitution, the nineteenth-century essayist Walter Bagehot, who once wrote, ‘A royal family sweetens politics by the seasonable addition of nice and pretty events’. Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #royalwedding #britishlandscape #merriealbion #landscapestudiesofasmallisland


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Photograph by @simoncroberts.
In anticipation of next Saturday’s royal nuptials in Britain, here is Prince Harry’s brother, William, sealing his marriage to Catherine Middleton with a kiss on 29 April 2011. It was a moment watched by thousands of revellers in Hyde Park, London, on giant screens as the royal couple’s kiss on the famous Buckingham Palace balcony was televised. Whilst the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Ms Middleton took place at Westminster Abbey, Prince Harry and the American actress Meghan Markle will be wed in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, outside London. The newlyweds will then undertake a two mile tour of Windsor greeting well-wishers lining the streets. It was the father of the modern British constitution, the nineteenth-century essayist Walter Bagehot, who once wrote, ‘A royal family sweetens politics by the seasonable addition of nice and pretty events’. Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #royalwedding #britishlandscape #merriealbion #landscapestudiesofasmallisland


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‘Watching the Royal Wedding, Hyde Park, London, 29 April 2011’ from the series #MerrieAlbion. In anticipation for something similar happening next weekend!

The wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine Middleton took place at Westminster Abbey in London. Revellers in Hyde Park watched giant screens as the royal couple’s kiss on the famous Buckingham Palace balcony was televised. Catherine Middleton and father Michael were driven from the Goring Hotel to Westminster Abbey, passing Buckingham Palace, and travelling along the Mall. The route carried them past two of the Royal parks: Green Park and St James’ Park. It was the father of the modern British constitution, the nineteenth-century essayist Walter Bagehot, who once wrote, ‘A royal family sweetens politics by the seasonable addition of nice and pretty events’.


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My latest book, Merrie Albion - Landscape Studies of a Small Island (Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2017), has been shortlisted for the Best Photography Book of the Year of PHotoEspaña​ 2018. It will on display at the Spanish National Library’s exhibition during the @photoespana_ 2018 festival in Madrid.

A committee of experts selected 57 publications, with 29 in the international category, among the more than 350 entries received during the call. The exhibition will take place between June 5th and August 29th; and both winners and finalists of Best 2018 Photobook Prize will be unveiled on June 11th. Huge thanks to all those who helped with the book, notably @bvwnr, @flowersgallery, @c_littlewood, @joepettetsmith, @brown3000, @inciteproject and @dewi_lewis_publishing. Signed copies available in the link in bio above. #MerrieAlbion


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Edmonton Church of Christ Bank Holiday Picnic, Brighton, UK by @simoncroberts from the series #MerrieAlbion.

The Church of Christ at Edmonton is a branch of the Universal Church of Christ, one of several Christian denominations formed out of the Restoration Movement of the early 1800s. Along with other churches based in London, it has helped see Christian congregations grow by 16 per cent, which means that a quarter of England’s churchgoers worship in London. The figures were revealed by the London Church Census covering the period 2005 to 2012, and show that the growth is driven by London’s ethnic diversity. The census, commissioned by London City Mission, found that two new London churches opened every week in the seven-year period. Two-thirds of those were Pentecostal, black majority churches, and a third catered for a particular linguistic or ethnic group such as Polish Lutheran. At the same time, the major Christian denominations such as Anglican, Catholic, and Presbyterian all saw falls in membership.

Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #brightonbeach #britishlandscape #landscapestudiesofasmallisland


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Todays @ediblesci pick:⠀
Modern farming takes many forms.⠀

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Reposting @natgeo: ⠀
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Ashley Vale Allotments, Bristol, UK from the series #MerrieAlbion

Sophie and Matthew Holker tend their plot on the Ashley Vale Allotments, whilst their daughter Esme looks on. Ashley (meaning ash tree wood in Old English) Vale has been occupied since Roman times. The history of the allotments starts around the time of the First World War, when the land was turned over to the growing of vegetables, shortly before rationing was introduced. The ‘Rules of the Ashley Vale Allotment Association Ltd.’ were registered with the Agricultural Organization Society in 1917. The site now consists of over 200 plots overlooking St Werburghs City Farm. In July 2009, the House of Commons Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Committee published a report, ‘Securing Food Supplies up to 2050: The Challenges Faced by the UK’. It acknowledges the important role of home-grown food and that the Government needs to plan for increased public demand for allotments. In fact, a 2017 study by food policy experts from three universities has warned that departure from the EU raises such urgent complications for food and agriculture that without focus on the issue “the risk is that food security in the UK will be seriously undermined”, leading to dwindling supplies and erratic prices.⠀

Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #landscapestudiesofasmallisland #allotments #foodsustainability #ashleyvale #britishlandscape"


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From @natgeo:
Edmonton Church of Christ Bank Holiday Picnic, Brighton, UK by @simoncroberts from the series #MerrieAlbion.

The Church of Christ at Edmonton is a branch of the Universal Church of Christ, one of several Christian denominations formed out of the Restoration Movement of the early 1800s. Along with other churches based in London, it has helped see Christian congregations grow by 16 per cent, which means that a quarter of England’s churchgoers worship in London. The figures were revealed by the London Church Census covering the period 2005 to 2012, and show that the growth is driven by London’s ethnic diversity. The census, commissioned by London City Mission, found that two new London churches opened every week in the seven-year period. Two-thirds of those were Pentecostal, black majority churches, and a third catered for a particular linguistic or ethnic group such as Polish Lutheran. At the same time, the major Christian denominations such as Anglican, Catholic, and Presbyterian all saw falls in membership.

Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #brightonbeach #britishlandscape #landscapestudiesofasmallisland


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Edmonton Church of Christ Bank Holiday Picnic, Brighton, UK by @simoncroberts from the series #MerrieAlbion.

The Church of Christ at Edmonton is a branch of the Universal Church of Christ, one of several Christian denominations formed out of the Restoration Movement of the early 1800s. Along with other churches based in London, it has helped see Christian congregations grow by 16 per cent, which means that a quarter of England’s churchgoers worship in London. The figures were revealed by the London Church Census covering the period 2005 to 2012, and show that the growth is driven by London’s ethnic diversity. The census, commissioned by London City Mission, found that two new London churches opened every week in the seven-year period. Two-thirds of those were Pentecostal, black majority churches, and a third catered for a particular linguistic or ethnic group such as Polish Lutheran. At the same time, the major Christian denominations such as Anglican, Catholic, and Presbyterian all saw falls in membership.

Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #brightonbeach #britishlandscape #landscapestudiesofasmallisland


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Be curious, explore, ask questions. This innocuous council building houses a great community of artists including @simoncroberts #mondaymood #rightbrainstories #becurious #industrialhouse #merriealbion #podcasting


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Moments after the last photograph was taken, Gordon Brown was introduced to Gillian Duffy and they had a conversation on the pavement before he was whisked away to his next campaign event. From my vantage point on the roof of my motorhome I was able to witness the scene unravelling and photographed the conversation between Ms Duffy and Mr Brown. Writing in #MerrieAlbion, former MP and now Director of the @vamuseum, Tristram Hunt comments: “It could be a brief clip for the evening news, like so many other messages of the day, delivered in that short, staccato, slightly brutal style that Gordon Brown liked to use to address the British people. And yet, there, on the pavement, lurking in the shadows like a Great White Shark, is something unexpected, profound, and (we would soon discover) deeply damaging for the Brown campaign. As Gordon finished up his soundbite, Gillian Duffy—an unscreened and frankly unwanted member of the actual public, eyeballed suspiciously by the security guards—wished to ask him a question about immigration: ‘You can’t say anything about the immigrants. All these eastern Europeans what are coming in—where are they flocking from?’ Labour’s apparent reluctance to take a hard line on immigration, she said, had made her ‘ashamed’ to have been a supporter.....
It felt to some as if the mask had slipped and the political class’s contempt and indifference towards everyday voters’ concerns about immigration and its impact on rapid social change was revealed. In that very moment, the 2010 General Election surged into life and the ever-present lingering sense of a distant, lofty political elite—unfairly personified in Labour leader Gordon Brown—was painfully exposed.”


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‘Gordon Brown (Labour Party), Rochdale, Greater Manchester, 28 April 2010’ from the series #MerrieAlbion and taken as part of my @ukparliament British Election Artist commission.
Eight years ago today Rochdale was brought to national attention when Gordon Brown was caught on tape describing local woman Gillian Duffy as ‘bigoted’, following a conversation with her while on the campaign trail. The then-Prime Minister had been visiting a community re-offender project in the Lancashire town when Duffy called out to him and asked why he was not addressing the debt crisis. As part of the Labour Party’s ‘real voters’ strategy, she was ushered by an aide to speak directly to Brown, a discussion that was destined to get little coverage on the day’s election broadcasts. However, having got into his car still wearing a microphone provided by Sky News, Brown was recorded saying to his director of strategic communication, Justin Forsyth: ‘She was just a sort of bigoted woman.’ Once his gaffe was made public, he was forced to drive back to Rochdale and say sorry to her in person. Here Brown, flanked by his chief press spokesman, is seen being interviewed live on the BBC One O’Clock News, just as Duffy, dressed in the blue coat with red collar, starts calling out. Although the incident caused lasting damage to Brown’s political chances, Simon Danczuk, of the Labour Party, won the Rochdale seat with 36.4 per cent of the vote. #duffygate #gillianduffy #britishlandscape #simonroberts #landscapestudiesofasmallisland #electionartist @flowersgallery @inciteproject


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‘Nadhim Zahawi (Conservative Party), Salford Priors, Warwickshire, 26 April 2010’ from the series #MerrieAlbion. The photograph was taken eight years ago today when I was commissioned as the 2010 British Election Artist by the @ukparliament.

Nadhim Zahawi was born in Baghdad to Kurdish parents in 1967. Under threat of persecution from Saddam Hussein’s regime, his family immigrated to the UK when he was nine. A successful businessman, he co-founded the polling company YouGov. In the 2010 General Election, Zahawi was the favourite of David Cameron’s Conservative Central Office for the Stratford seat, and gained his nomination in a vote of local Tory members after failed attempts to become a parliamentary candidate in Devizes and Suffolk. However, he scored the lowest tally in the first Stratford vote and was only confirmed as the candidate on the third count. Unsurprisingly he won the very safe Tory seat of Salford Priors with 51.6 per cent of the vote. Here he is seen canvassing with local party members and political assistants from Washington DC, on a modern housing development adjacent to the grounds of Park Hall Manor. #nadimzahawi #electionartist #britishlandscape #landscapestudiesofasmallisland


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Photograph by @simoncroberts. ‘Stone Cross St George’s Day Parade, Dartmouth Park, Birmingham, West Midlands’ from the series #MerrieAlbion. The Stone Cross event is reputedly England’s largest St George’s Day parade, held annually to celebrate the national patron saint, best-known by his mythical image as a mighty, dragon-slaying medieval soldier. Although George would likely have been a soldier somewhere in the eastern Roman Empire, probably in what is now Turkey – if he ever existed. The saint is not only honoured in England, as he is the patron to organisations in 24 other countries including Bulgaria, Macedonia, Jordan and Lebanon. Traditional St George’s Day activities include flying the St George’s Cross red and white flag.
Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #stgeorgesday #britishlandscape #saintgeorge


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From @natgeo:
Photograph by @simoncroberts. ‘Stone Cross St George’s Day Parade, Dartmouth Park, Birmingham, West Midlands’ from the series #MerrieAlbion. The Stone Cross event is reputedly England’s largest St George’s Day parade, held annually to celebrate the national patron saint, best-known by his mythical image as a mighty, dragon-slaying medieval soldier. Although George would likely have been a soldier somewhere in the eastern Roman Empire, probably in what is now Turkey – if he ever existed. The saint is not only honoured in England, as he is the patron to organisations in 24 other countries including Bulgaria, Macedonia, Jordan and Lebanon. Traditional St George’s Day activities include flying the St George’s Cross red and white flag.
Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #stgeorgesday #britishlandscape #saintgeorge


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Photograph by @simoncroberts. ‘Stone Cross St George’s Day Parade, Dartmouth Park, Birmingham, West Midlands’ from the series #MerrieAlbion. The Stone Cross event is reputedly England’s largest St George’s Day parade, held annually to celebrate the national patron saint, best-known by his mythical image as a mighty, dragon-slaying medieval soldier. Although George would likely have been a soldier somewhere in the eastern Roman Empire, probably in what is now Turkey – if he ever existed. The saint is not only honoured in England, as he is the patron to organisations in 24 other countries including Bulgaria, Macedonia, Jordan and Lebanon. Traditional St George’s Day activities include flying the St George’s Cross red and white flag.
Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #stgeorgesday #britishlandscape #saintgeorge


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‘Stone Cross St George’s Day Parade, Dartmouth Park, Birmingham, West Midlands, 23 April 2010’ from the series #MerrieAlbion. The Stone Cross event is reputedly England’s largest St George’s Day parade, held annually to celebrate the national patron saint, best-known by his mythical image as a mighty, dragon-slaying medieval soldier. Although George would likely have been a soldier somewhere in the eastern Roman Empire, probably in what is now Turkey – if he ever existed.
The saint is not only honoured in England, as he is the patron to organisations in 24 other countries including Bulgaria, Macedonia, Jordan and Lebanon. Traditional St George’s Day activities include flying the St George’s Cross red and white flag.
#simonroberts #stgeorgesday #britishlandscape #saintgeorge


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‘Men’s Marathon, Westminster Bridge, London’ photographed during the 2012 Olympic Games for the series #MerrieAlbion.
As Britain continues to bask in one of the hottest April months on record the unseasonal weather has triggered warnings for London Marathon runners amid fears this Sunday’s race could be the warmest on record. So if you’re running in the race tomorrow, keep hydrated and good luck!
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Simon Roberts. Broadstairs Dickens festival. Isle of Thanet. 19 June 2008. #simonroberts#photographer #photography #flowersgallery #flowersgallerylondon #merriealbion #inciteproject


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‘Men’s Marathon, Westminster Bridge, London’ photographed during the 2012 Olympic Games for the series #MerrieAlbion.
As Britain continues to bask in one of the hottest April months on record the unseasonal weather has triggered warnings for London Marathon runners amid fears this Sunday’s race could be the warmest on record. So if you’re running in the race tomorrow, keep hydrated and good luck! Repost via @simoncroberts #SimonRoberts #LondonMarathon


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Photograph by @simoncroberts. ‘Men’s Marathon, Westminster Bridge, London’ photographed during the 2012 Olympic Games for the series #MerrieAlbion.
As Britain continues to bask in one of the hottest April months on record the unseasonal weather has triggered warnings for London Marathon runners amid fears today’s race could be the warmest on record. So if you’re running in the race, keep hydrated and good luck!
Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works.
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Photograph by @simoncroberts. ‘Men’s Marathon, Westminster Bridge, London’ photographed during the 2012 Olympic Games for the series #MerrieAlbion.
As Britain continues to bask in one of the hottest April months on record the unseasonal weather has triggered warnings for London Marathon runners amid fears today’s race could be the warmest on record. So if you’re running in the race, keep hydrated and good luck!
Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #londonmarathon #londonolympics #london2012


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Photograph by @simoncroberts. ‘Men’s Marathon, Westminster Bridge, London’ photographed during the 2012 Olympic Games for the series #MerrieAlbion.
As Britain continues to bask in one of the hottest April months on record the unseasonal weather has triggered warnings for London Marathon runners amid fears today’s race could be the warmest on record. So if you’re running in the race, keep hydrated and good luck!
Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #londonmarathon #londonolympics #london2012


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‘Men’s Marathon, Westminster Bridge, London’ photographed during the 2012 Olympic Games for the series #MerrieAlbion.
As Britain continues to bask in one of the hottest April months on record the unseasonal weather has triggered warnings for London Marathon runners amid fears this Sunday’s race could be the warmest on record. So if you’re running in the race tomorrow, keep hydrated and good luck!
#simonroberts #londonmarathon #londonolympics


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Simon Roberts. Battle of Britain memorial flight. Shoreham Air Show. West Sussex. 15th September 2007. Incite are very proud to add more of @simoncroberts to the collection #simonroberts #photographer #photography #merriealbion #flowersgallery #flowersgallerylondon #history #inciteproject


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David Hurn and Simon Roberts will join us for a book signing ahead of their talk tomorrow,18th April! The book signing is a free event (the talk requires booking!) 📸: David Hurn / 'Wales 1990s' ( @caferoyalbooks )🔍 Signed publications from both David and Simon can be preordered by contacting the bookshop (details in bio) #davidhurn #wales #caferoyalbooks #british #documentary #blackandwhitephotography #simonroberts #merriealbion #landscape #studies #dewilewispublishing #photobook #magnumphotos @davidhurnphoto @simoncroberts


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Friends embrace in their way to the Masjid Ali Mosque, Aston Church Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK by @simoncroberts from the series #MerrieAlbion.
The Masjid Ali Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat mosque dominates the skyline of the Saltley area of Birmingham, standing alongside the family owned H. W. Taroni Metals Ltd. scrapyard, which has operated on Aston Church Road for the past sixty years. As Birmingham developed as an industrial location, Saltley became an over-spill area for workers and, during the 1950s, many of the houses were bought by immigrants from the Commonwealth. Residents have formed a strong community over the last half-century. The mosque, built in 2008, represents the Deobandi Islamic group, and has space for 2,700 members (including women). The Deobandis are virtually unknown to most British people, yet their influence is undeniable. As the largest Islamic group in the UK, they control over 40 per cent of mosques. For more from this series and other works please follow @simoncroberts .
#britishlandscape #landscapestudiesofasmallisland


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Friends embrace in their way to the Masjid Ali Mosque, Aston Church Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK by @simoncroberts from the series #MerrieAlbion.
The Masjid Ali Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat mosque dominates the skyline of the Saltley area of Birmingham, standing alongside the family owned H. W. Taroni Metals Ltd. scrapyard, which has operated on Aston Church Road for the past sixty years. As Birmingham developed as an industrial location, Saltley became an over-spill area for workers and, during the 1950s, many of the houses were bought by immigrants from the Commonwealth. Residents have formed a strong community over the last half-century. The mosque, built in 2008, represents the Deobandi Islamic group, and has space for 2,700 members (including women). The Deobandis are virtually unknown to most British people, yet their influence is undeniable. As the largest Islamic group in the UK, they control over 40 per cent of mosques. For more from this series and other works please follow @simoncroberts .
#britishlandscape #landscapestudiesofasmallisland


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Friends embrace in their way to the Masjid Ali Mosque, Aston Church Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK by @simoncroberts from the series #MerrieAlbion.
The Masjid Ali Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat mosque dominates the skyline of the Saltley area of Birmingham, standing alongside the family owned H. W. Taroni Metals Ltd. scrapyard, which has operated on Aston Church Road for the past sixty years. As Birmingham developed as an industrial location, Saltley became an over-spill area for workers and, during the 1950s, many of the houses were bought by immigrants from the Commonwealth. Residents have formed a strong community over the last half-century. The mosque, built in 2008, represents the Deobandi Islamic group, and has space for 2,700 members (including women). The Deobandis are virtually unknown to most British people, yet their influence is undeniable. As the largest Islamic group in the UK, they control over 40 per cent of mosques. For more from this series and other works please follow @simoncroberts .
#britishlandscape #landscapestudiesofasmallisland


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David Hurn and Simon Roberts will join us for a book signing ahead of their talk on 18th April! The book signing is a free event (the talk requires booking!) 📸: Simon Roberts / 'Merrie Albion - Landscape Studies of a Small Island' ( @dewi_lewis_publishing )🎡 Signed publications from both David and Simon can be preordered by contacting the bookshop (details in bio) #davidhurn #wales #caferoyalbooks #british #documentary #blackandwhitephotography #simonroberts #merriealbion #landscape #studies #dewilewispublishing #photobook #magnumphotos @davidhurnphoto @simoncroberts


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Grenfell Tower, North Kensington, London, 19 June 2017 from the series #MerrieAlbion.

The Grenfell Tower fire started after midnight on 14 June 2017 but took until the following day to get it under control. Even weeks after the event, police claimed that while eighty people are currently presumed to have died, the final death toll will not be known for some time; nor will the conclusions from the public inquiry into the disaster. The twenty-four-storey block, part of the Lancaster West Estate, was designed in 1967 in the brutalist style of the era, and underwent a major renovation in 2016. The estate is located in a predominantly working-class housing complex surrounded by affluent neighbourhoods, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. No other local authority in the country has such a large gap between rich and poor, and given that there were a high number of immigrants in Grenfell Tower, many now see the loss of these lives as symbolic of an unjust social order: an emblem of a broken society. #landscapestudiesofasmallisland #grenfelltowerfire #grenfell


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Thanks @artforum (April 2018 issue) for reviewing #MerrieAlbion exhibition @flowersgallery.
—Sylwia Serafinowicz writes “Roberts has remained faithful to the style he mastered in 2007, characterized by a complex multiplane composition, elevated perspective and the tableau format, to use art historian and curator Jean-François Chevrier’s term for a form of photography that, like painting, relates to the wall rather than to the page, and in which characters are otherwise absorbed and seem unaware of the existence of the viewer. In this show, the majority of the exhibited photographs (C-prints) were sixty by seventy-two inches and displayed one or two per wall at eye level. Some works depicted British meadows and rivers as a background for historical reenactments and traditional rituals. A sense of anxiety underpins these scenes. Although the activities aim to reinforce a sense of identity and belonging, all they provide is a momentary distraction from the political and economic unrest of the past decade.....”


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Flooding of the Somerset Levels, Burrowbridge, Somerset, 11 February 2014 from #MerrieAlbion (2007-2017). Eighty feet above the flooded Somerset Levels, from the relative safety of Burrow Mump, spectators photograph the waterlogged scenery below. Large areas of Burrowbridge and the surrounding Somerset Levels had been submerged since the beginning of the year. It is estimated there were 100 million cubic metres of floodwater covering an area of 65 square kilometres. Residents accused the Environment Agency of having abandoned the village, leaving it to volunteers to help evacuate neighbours from their flooded houses, piling up home-prepared sandbags, and attempting to clean houses. In early February, Royal Marines from 40 Commando were deployed to help reinforce flood defences. Intensive agriculture, increasing urbanization, poor management of rivers, and the draining of wetlands have left the vast majority of natural flood defences—many previously preserved for centuries by communities who understood their value—unable to fulfil their intended functions, with some close to collapse. Met Office forecasters predict a one-in-three chance there will be a new record set for monthly rainfall during coming winters. #burrowmump #somersetflooding #britishlandscape #landscapestudiesofasmallisland


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Mel and Charlie’s Roundhouse, Talley, Carmarthenshire, 22 February 2016 from the series #MerrieAlbion (2007-2017)

Mel and Charlie are part of a self-affirmed group of hippies who founded the UK’s first eco-community in 1976 in a valley in Carmarthenshire. They are a village, not a ‘commune’, which includes families, singletons, activists, many ‘originals’, environmentalists, artists, and musicians. Despite its long-standing existence and residents owning the land, the community’s legal status has been the object of discussion over the years. The majority of the land has been purchased from local farmers for agricultural usage with no planning permission for residential structures. Living off the grid, without rent or mortgage concerns, most reside in low-impact dwellings including round houses, yurts, or tipis that are moved every six months (thereby allowing residents to claim they are non-permanent agricultural structures). Everyone is responsible for his economy: maintenance work on the dwellings, chopping firewood, cutting rushes for the floor. There are no hard and fast rules: although many dwellers live entirely off the land, others buy their food locally, and similarly some children are home-schooled, while others are locally educated. With sustainability now a buzzword, Britain has seen a burgeoning subculture of eco and co-operative communities, with over a hundred listed on the website Diggers and Dreamers. #diggersanddreamers #tipivalley #roundhouse #britishlandscape #landscapestudiesofasmallisland


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