This captured moment takes me back to last year.
We were having a lovely weekend camping when I got a message from an old uni friend saying ‘will you help me out with a design project I’m doing’.
Never one to shy away from helping a mate, I agreed and asked him what I needed to do.
And this was the brief.
Think of a place that means something to you.
Then go and measure a 10″x10″ square — on the ground — and dig it up. In one piece.
Next, stand behind the hole — holding the piece in both hands — and have your photograph taken behind the hole.
Obviously I couldn’t do it there and then, as we were in the middle of a field, having a rare old time with our friends but I promised I’d help him out when I got home. Which, obviously, was the best — most meaningful — place I could think of, in which to dig my 10inch hole.
(Plus, I wouldn’t get into any trouble either!!)
So a couple of days later — armed with a spade — my boy and I went out into the garden to take my photo for the project.
Now, I could have worn my everyday clothes.
I could have even worn my gardening clothes.
But that would have been too normal.
After all, digging a square of earth and standing in front of the hole — whilst having your photo taken — is pretty odd behaviour right?
So why not fully embrace an eccentric English project, by looking like an eccentric English person? Party frock with wellies anyone?
So here is the result.
A properly odd captured moment!! Looking like a properly eccentric English woman.
What my friend Rich didn’t get to see was the outtakes!
I look back on these and they really make me laugh! Two tiny boys — who’ve only recently started walking — careering in and out of shot. Falling over. Getting back up.
Aaah — these captured moments are some of my favourites! I’ll be so happy, in the future, that I took part in this crazy project! They epitomise a really happy summer, spending time together as a family and doing fun, random, things.
The Eccentric English