Thirty-year-old Ana Sidon - who moved to the county town two years ago - had the idea for the epic photojournalism project as her own contribution to the celebration’s of Stafford’s formation as a ‘burh’.
Ana, who works as a translator, is pursuing the project, which she describes as ‘a study of Stafford in 1,100 images, in her spare time/
“I’m trying to get to as many places as possible, to see as many buildings and heritage sites in the area,” she said. “I’m attending as many local events and visiting as many different places as I can.
Ana said the project started as an attempt to find out as much as she could about the area she had settled and the people that lived in it.
“It’s a project that brings people together,” she said.
Ana said it soon became clear that the people of the county town were evolving as the heart of the project and to expand that idea she decided it was important to offer people the opportunity to be a part of her effort.
“I split the project into categories like heritage, arts, culture and education, parks and nature, streets, events, sports and Stafford by Night,” she said. “Then there’s the ‘Your Stafford’ section.
“It might be my idea, but Stafford is about people and I don’t want the final project to be just my view of Stafford, it should be everyone’s.
“The more people that send in pictures, the better the project will be in the end and the more real it will be.
“I want it to mean something to other people as well as to me in the end.”
Ana, who is also a member of the Stafford Camera Club, set up a blog to share the project as it developed and most of the 600 images she has already created are there for anyone to see.
"I think if you take the pictures individually, they might not be much, but as a whole they start to become something," she said.
“It’s a lot of information to take in and I’ve not been here long so I see the town with fresh eyes and see some things and places that other people might not pay attention too.
“At the same time, other people might see something different to me, that’s why I want everyone to send in their pictures.
“It doesn’t matter if they’re taken on a little compact camera or on an iphone, this is a project about people, not technology.”
Ana hopes to have her project finished by the end of the year and is already thinking about formats and places to display the completed exhibition.
If you would like to see her efforts to date or send in some pictures of your own you can contact Ana via her blog.