HOTSHOE: How did you become interested in Photography?
Simon Roberts: My earliest connection with photography was the sporadic Sunday afternoon slideshow sessions we had at home when my Dad, a keen amateur photographer, presented his recent Kodachromes. Whilst I studied photography at school, my academic career began with a degree in Human Geography at the University of Sheffield, before taking up photography seriously in 1997 after graduating, studying photojournalism. Geography has been a constant grounding to my work. The question of how photographs are important to the construction of senses of place has informed my practice, where I’m interested in exploring the idea that landscapes need to be decoded to gain an understanding of the complicated cultural terrain where contrasting and sometimes conflicting versions of national identity are played out.
HOTSHOE: How would you describe the character of London?
SR: I was born in South London and spent the early part of my youth there before moving out to the Surrey commuter belt. During this