A model car enthusiast took his baby boy’s Hot Wheels cars to a scenic spot every day for a year and posted them on Instagram in a bid to beat the lockdown blues.
Ross Burns, 41, has taken a picture of one of his son Daniel’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 lockdown.
On Monday, he completed his task yesterday on his Instagram account, Scot.Wheels.
Ross, who works at Edinburgh Napier University, has since showcased more than 250 cars in a host of settings in and around the capital, including Calton Hill, Edinburgh Castle and Forth Bridge.
Five-year-old Daniel has an extensive collection including Lambos and Volvo estates.
“I have a five-year-old son named Daniel, and he loves Hot Wheels,” Ross said.
“I loved Matchbox cars when I was his age and quickly started 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 and taking a picture of a car has given me purpose and a creative outlet every 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.
He said: “I’ve done a few pictures where the car is reflected in the water and people love them.
“The Land Rover in particular is popular because it’s 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 take his foot off the accelerator.
“I will continue to take pictures of cars but I won’t force myself to do it every day,” he said.
“I will be aiming for quality over quantity and hopefully as we can travel more I will explore fantastic new settings with wonderful new cars.”