Themes for your pictures
We are asking for the Great British public to submit pictures according to themes reflecting the passage of a day
– from the waking hour to bedtime and pretty much everything in between.
Pictures from each of these themes will go on to form the chapters of the book
and our aim is to encourage the broadest possible range of submissions.
We’re after pictures of where we live and work; of our habits and routines; of our traditions and idiosyncrasies;
and of our friends, families, neighbours and colleagues.
But do remember that these themes are open to interpretation.
We encourage you to use your imagination!
1: BRITAIN'S DREAMING
We are looking to capture a sense of the ethereal magic, mystery and endless that exist in the dream-state – whether it be an individual,
a community or the entire nation.
2: THE WAKING HOUR
What is the first thing that we see when we open our eyes each day? What is the first thing we do? Capturing everything from bucolic landscapes
to raw urban cityscapes, from early morning meditation to queues for the bathroom – this chapter will give visual dimension to how we get out of bed each day.
Capturing everything from the Full English around the table to the ‘grab and run’ on the 73 bus. This chapter aims to provide a views across
the extraordinarily varied breakfast tables of Britain in 21st Century.
4: THE RUSH HOUR
The daily mission that is the rush hour. While the majority of people claim to detest the daily commute to and from work (or school / yoga classes / football),
does the rush hour, in fact, provide a sense of structure, belonging and comfort?
5: THE VIEW FROM MY DESK
A celebration of the diverse nature of our workplaces across the UK. From open-plan offices to chef’s prep stations; from city trading floors to call centres;
from a theatre stage to an operating theatre; from a school desk to news presenter’s desk; from the work-at-home office to co-working coffee shops;
and from oil rig platforms to a farmer’s tractor seat – this chapter will remind us just how varied our daily experiences actually are.
6: COFFEE MORNING
Whether it's mid-morning 'elevenses', or the ritual social gathering at home or in town. From the mysterious rules and rituals of 'third way'
artisanal coffee houses (replete with equally mysterious moustaches) through to a cup of Nescafe and a Custard Cream in the kitchen.
This chapter will give a visual narrative of what a coffee morning means to Britain.
From a Pret-a-Manger sub to a market street-food stall; from a school lunch to a traditional family roast; from a park bench to a computer screen
– this chapter will provide an honest state-of-the-nation insight into our eating habits.
8: AT PLAY
In this chapter, we will capture the true essence of what it means to let our hair down and enjoy ourselves as we play.
Whether it’s active or passive; real-world or virtual reality; engaged in arts or sports; as spectators or participants; with our families or family or alone; inside or out.
9: LAZY AFTERNOONS
Whether it’s enjoying QT with family, shaking off a hangover or hunkering down to binge-watch a boxset, what’s better than a lazy afternoon?
From pottering around the garden to an afternoon sunbathing in the park, we want to capture the sheer beauty of a lazy afternoon.
10: TIME FOR TEA
The world-renowned institution of the Great British Tea Time. From fine china and cake-stands through to mugs and digestives;
from stately homes to homely kitchen tables, this chapter will show the common obsession for the late afternoon tea-time.
(And, yes, this will help address the north-south divide about the definition of tea.)
11: COMING HOME
The sweet joys of a welcome home. Whether it’s returning from a long day at school, work or play; whether it’s to a front door, gate or lift;
whether it’s about a hug from a partner, parent, pet – or the simple snug pleasures of an armchair or sofa – this chapter will will give dimension
to the many sights and rituals that represent the return home.
12: MY FAMILY AND OTHER ANIMALS
In this chapter we will capture the essence of family life and rituals. Brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, aunties and uncles
(and even that slightly strange second-cousin-Johnny-once-removed), this chapter will be a warts-and-all celebration of the relationships
that form the cornerstones of our lives and our communities.
13: OUT WITH MY MATES
Capturing the vast diversity alongside the intrinsic commonality of what ‘going out’ entails across the villages, towns and cities of Britain –
taking in the parks; the cinemas; the restaurants; the pop-ups; the pubs; the clubs; the stadiums; or the all-back-to-mine improvised gatherings.
And remember, it’s not just the young who have all the fun.
14: AND SO TO BED
At the day’s end. What are the embedded rituals and routines of the nation as we turn in for a night’s sleep? From bedtime stories & lullabies to the bedtime
book and playlist; from a soothing pre-bed soak to a warming pre-bed night-cap; from a three-seconds-and-out starfish pass-out to passion and pillow talk.
The final chapter turns the spotlight on what happens when the lights go out.