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
November 10, 2008 - 02:54 AM
Go to a village called Spital in the Street which is considered to be the beginning of the 'North'. It's just south of Scunthorpe. There's a beautiful Georgian house designed by the architect John Carr of York and built in 1776. There's a lake, lots of geese, it's stunning in winter because there are so many trees and they look bleak without their leaves and there's a crumbling old Georgian bridge that was vandalised during the 1970s. It's a diary farm as well so there are cows. The farmer, his son and grandson (he's 5) all live there and they will let you take their picture. They have two Jack Russell terriers who are also father and son.
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