Originally published in The Guardian and being premiered at Brahm Gallery in November, Mike Pinches' photo story, Lunch Hour, illustrates the British lunchtime ritual in the cities of northern England. And lunch ' arguably the most important meal of the day ' is more often than not shown as being taken in passing ' a snappy snack, a brief bite, a fast food.
Although they're also plunging towards the Americanised work day (and we're told Britain holds the title for the longest in Europe), Spain, China, Taiwan, India, Italy, Greece, Croatia,
Malta, The Middle East and North Africa have been practicing la siesta for centuries: workers go home and eat long lunches with their loved ones, followed by a serving of forty winks. Okay, so we don't have the benefit of this lengthy, midday treat (or the warm climate that often goes with it) but what Pinches' photographs highlight is how we take a moment to find our place in the city. On benches, on steps, and sometimes on suitcases ' people take their seats to relax, to reflect and to watch the world go by.
Mike Pinches is a Leeds based photographer specialising in editorial and documentary work throughout the UK. His work was featured in this year's Creative Review Photography Annual.