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Ross Burns, 41, has taken a picture of one of his son’s many Hot Wheels cars every day for the past year in what started as an activity to beat the boredom of working from home during the lock.
Ross, who works at Edinburgh Napier University, has since showcased over 250 cars in a host of settings in and around Edinburgh. From iconic settings such as Calton Hill, Edinburgh Castle and the Forth Bridge, to Saughton Skatepark, Leith Quays and Murrayfield Ice Rink, Ross is always on the lookout for the perfect image.
Without denying his own enthusiasm for cars, Ross insisted that he had overcome his own obsession with miniature models.
He said: “I have a five year old son named Daniel and he loves Hot Wheels. I loved Matchbox cars when I was his age and quickly began to become obsessed with his growing collection. To make sure I walked around every day, I started getting in a car and taking pictures with my phone.
“After a few weeks I challenged myself to do it for a full year and I’m so glad I’m done now. It’s been great for my mental health during the various lockdowns, especially the one at the start of this year – getting out there and taking a picture of a car has given me purpose and a creative outlet each day.
Posting one photo a day to Instagram under the Scot.Wheels handle, the images chart the four seasons and a city in and out of lockdown. Ross’s most popular image is of a Land Rover Defender 90 reflected on the Water of Leith.
Communications manager Ross, who lives with his wife Susan and Daniel in the capital’s Gorgie district, said: “I’ve taken a few pictures where the car is reflected in the water and people love them. The Land Rover in particular is popular because it is one of the most realistic cars.
Due to lockdown restrictions, the vast majority of photos are from Edinburgh, but Ross and his family escaped to Fife last month for a holiday in Lower Largo.
He added: “We had great weather and the beach made such a great backdrop for the cars. A rugged blue Ford Bronco looked fantastic on the rocks by the sea.”
Now that he’s achieved his goal of one photo every day for a year and racked up more than 20,000 likes in the process, Ross intends to keep going but slow down. ‘accelerator.
Ross said: “I will continue to take pictures of cars, but I won’t force myself to do it every day. I will aim for quality over quantity and hope that as we get to travel more I will explore fantastic new settings with wonderful new cars.