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

Your Ideas

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Michael Blann
  photography@michaelblann.com

November 13, 2008 - 08:51 AM
 
We are an island and therefore surrounded by water and beaches. It has protected us throught history, offered us a source of food, has been a playgorund in the summer and is ever changing too.

I'm not sure what the specific project could be but it's a good starting point. Maybe beaches out of season, ports such as Dover as entry points into the UK, long shore drift and silted up land such as the fens or Romney Marsh in Sussex ...
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Dean O'Brien
  deano68@mac.com

November 11, 2008 - 06:15 AM
 
How about taking pictures of a scooter rally or photos of owners with their lambretta scooters in their home environment? These scooters are an obsession for many English people and lots of owners have at least three or four. Patriotism seems to play a big part as well, even though the scooters are of Italian origin. I own a few Lambrettas and know plenty of people in the scene so feel free to get in touch if this sounds like a good idea.
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Hannah Duguid
  hannahduguid@mac.com

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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James
  james@pook10.com

November 04, 2008 - 03:20 PM
 
go see grantchester barrel race on boxing day.. before h&s and lack of pub goers for teams leave it by the wayside..

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=U9rYDPxDRfg
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