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Trivial Pursuits

Photography by new contributor Orlando Gili, published by Hoxton Mini Press, with an introduction by Lucy Davies.

From cheese rolling to opera: a photographic study of what leisure time means for the English.

When the UK decided to leave the EU, London-born photographer Orlando Gili set out to capture who the English really are. He fixed his lens on the nation’s rather strange love
of leisure. This book, now published in a different time, is a document of the freedoms that we now so sorely miss. From horse racing to wartime reenactments, carnivals to clubs, from ancient and quintessential rituals (medieval village bottle-kicking competitions) to the more modern (Santa pub crawls) the images reveal that which unites a divided nation: a relentless desire for organised fun. Trivial Pursuits is a celebration of the community, culture and tradition of the English… recorded just before the world changed.

‘Gili’s images focus on the group rather than the individual, offering a panoptic version of English identity, one that emphasis the timelessness and spirit-lifting properties of these pastimes.’ Lucy Davies from the introduction

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    Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling, Gloucestershire
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    Whitstable Oyster Festival, Kent
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    People’s Vote march, Park Lane, London
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    Bestival, Dorset
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    Last Night of the Proms, Hyde Park, London
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    DJ Argue presents Hell in a Cell 2, Shoreditch, London
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    World Cup 2018 England vs Tunisia, Essex
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    Pride, Soho, London
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    Royal Gunpowder Mills VE Weekend, Essex

Orlando Gili is a London-based photographer working for editorial and commercial clients, in addition to documentary projects with a focus on leisure, community and identity.

The book is available from Hoxton Mini Press here