Your Ideas

During the course of Simon’s journey around England members of the public were invited to post ideas of events and leisure pursuits that he could photograph, thereby positioning him alongside his fellow countrymen and attempting to involve the ‘English', to a certain degree, in their own representation. The ideas that were posted provide an interesting snapshot of the country in 2008 and work alongside Simon’s photographs. They illustrate what's important to people and explore their own thoughts on notions of Englishness.

You can read all the ideas below or download a pdf here

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July 09, 2008 - 02:28 PM
grace barnes -

I went to the local laundrette for the first time in ages and I could not believe the cross section of society I encountered in just one hour. I was there because my washing machine had broken but I imagine reasons vary. I then realised although it is not quinissentially english, the laundrette, it does tend to be amongst the foundations of communities. Represented in soaps like Eastenders, its a hub at the centre of a community. Not only this but they do also tend to be visually, really interesting places, the decor and equipment having remained the same for years. Not the victim of technological advancement, who cares what the laundrette looks like even though one may spend hours in there!? I found it fascinating, sparked loads of questions and thoughts about how we all go about our daily lives and I just thought it was a real draw when looking for grounds to study society!!! Hope you agree, I see it as a one shot wonder!

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