Several Wednesdays have elapsed since starting the project and I have spoken to a number of shopkeepers about the project. Some have exchanged thoughts on independent trading and the difficulties faced in the current times of economic uncertaintity. One long exchange with a shop owner delved into the underlying issues around consumerism and what makes us happy. Is having the latest 'thing' the rod for our back in terms of a relentless need to keep up with new products?
This particular shop owner never seems to stop. I bumped into him many times during the several Wednesdays on the project and he was always on the go, to pick up new stock, deliver items, agree orders etc. I asked him if I could photograph his shop as I wanted to make a model of it. The shop is designed for purpose. Simple, organised, user friendly and the maximum use of space being applied. It is a template for indpendent shops everywhere, yet it is unique as it is his.
The model making is underway as I write this and I hope that I do it justice.