His first year-long study of contemporary Russia and Russians in 2005 was published in 2007 as the highly-acclaimed photobook Motherland.

For his second multi-year project, he chose to focus on the idea of "Leisure" in all corners of his own country, England. The resulting book, We English, was just published in October 2009.

Simon Roberts spoke with Lens Culture editor Jim Casper about his work in this interview recorded in November 2009.