Photographer's Note

Yesterday I said I was going to try and catch a hunt entry at lunchtime. Whilst having lunch, I thought there couldn't be a better iconic image of my country than the liquid part of it. So, as usual, I didn't get further than the pub.

Thanks Jose for the tip on monochromatic grain last month, which I've used here. The original came out quite sharp, after using an upturned ashtray tripod, but I thoght the grains worked well in this case.

Britain is a decidedly beer drinking country, but more than that, a significant aspect of British society, at leaast for many if not all, is the pub culture. British pubs are quite different from drinking establishments in other countries. In some respects they serve more of the functions of cafes in central Europe, than bars there. Within Britain there are variations around the country, and Irish, Scottish and even Welsh pubs can be distinguished, but the key ingredients are there, mainly serving a social and community function, as well as just being somewhere to drink. Irish pubs seem to be attempted to be duplicted all over the world, but where ever you find them, they are always basically bars which sell Guiness, there's more to a Brtish pub than just the building and the drinks on offer.

The closest establisments that I've found to British pubs outside of the UK have been in the Czech Republic, which has an even stronger beer culture than we do. Especially in the countryside, the pubs there remind me more of the pubs in England when I was growing up. Pubs here have changed to reflect the changing
needs of society, and provide an interesting ethnographic mirror on its changing nature.

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Additional Photos by Richard Gatward (RGatward) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3754 W: 141 N: 3794] (20108)
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