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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April 21, 2008 - 02:44 PM
Niall Taylor -

Hi Simon,

I suggest you go to Frinton- on-Sea in Essex, the home of my late grandparents. They were obsessed with being the right side of the level crossing (sea facing). Indeed you were not considered a proper Frintonian unless you lived “inside the gates”. In 2000 Frinton got its 1st pub to much public debate.

My brother and I were sent to Frinton when we were little for the summer to attend a church summer school, this abruptly stopped when we were accused of deliberately ripping the wall paper in the lounge and promptly sent home. I have really fond memories of a sea side town that was a little odd…

Life for my grand parents revolved around the Golf Club, so this is where I’d love for you to go. Check out a golf tournament, find some proper Frintonians. Hire yourself a beach hut and enjoy the sandy beach - YES sand !. Travel to Clacton and have a complete culture shock (second thoughts don’t bother with Clacton).

Have fun!



Fancy a curry before you dash off?

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