William Blake talked of England's “green and pleasant land”, whilst Sir John Betjeman focused on the more arcane “books from Boots’ and country lanes, free speech, free passes, class distinction, democracy and proper drains.”
For most of my early twenties, I dismissed Britain and set off to foreign climes in search of adventure. I needed to see what was out there. I needed to fill those voids from my modern school atlas with my own experiences.
Grand Britain, a photographic project almost a decade in the making, is about my subsequent reconnection with my home country. I’ve come to realise what a varied and contradictory place I call home. I’ve also realised that this crowded little island is, in fact, huge. Britain is grand.
Anyone can take a photograph of an iconic place such as the Taj Mahal, but how about Bridlington harbour?
These people are helping to fund Grand Britain.