In 2005 I photographed everything I ate. Everything. So, a biscuit with coffee, a roast dinner, a handful of peanuts… the lot. On planes, trains, at official dinners, everywhere.
At the end of the year I had over 2,500 pictures with only a vague idea of what to do with them. A book? A video installation? I got talking to a local gallery owner and I decided on a simple collage that displayed every single photograph, set over twelve panels. I spent a month gluing photographs to the panels, finishing them with several coats of varnish. The piece, which I called “2005”, was hung in August 2006 in Bradford on Avon and attracted national media attention, mostly because I lost weight doing the project. Later that year it was exhibited in Selfridges in Manchester as part of the Manchester Food and Drink Festival.
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There was talk of a book, but it never came to anything.
Here is an interview I did on BBC Breakfast:
I was featured at the end of the year in Ripley’s Believe it or not!