A FATHER has completed 1000 days of a project he began in lockdown, taking photos of his son’s toy cars in interesting locations while out on walks.

Ross Burns, 43, began the project as a way of alleviating lockdown boredom during the summer of 2020, but he enjoyed the challenge so much that he kept on going.

Restrictions during the pandemic meant the majority of his early photos were taken near his home in Edinburgh, and he photographed the Hot Wheels cars in hundreds of settings around the Scottish capital.

The National: Undated handout photo courtesy of Ross Burns of his son's toy car, a 89 Cadillac Seville at University of Edinburgh Old College. Mr Burns, 43, has completed 1,000 days of a project he began in lockdown, taking photos of his son's toy cars in

However, he has since taken his hobby around the UK and photographed the cars in front of sights including Buckingham Palace, the Finnieston Crane in Glasgow, and the Tyne Bridge.

He took the landmark 1000th photo at Calton Hill in Edinburgh on Wednesday.

Ross said: “My six-year-old son Daniel loves Hot Wheels and it’s fair to say I’ve caught the bug as well. Back in the summer of 2020, to make sure I took a walk every day, I started taking a car out and taking some pictures on my phone.

“After a few weeks, I set myself the challenge of doing it for a full year and then thought I’d stop. But clearly I was hooked and another 635 days on, I’m still at it.

“The great thing now is that the world has opened up a lot more so it’s become a pictorial diary of my life. It’s also been a fun hobby for me and Daniel to do together. He likes copying my photos and creating his own. Seeing him sprawled flat on a pavement to get the perfect angle is pretty funny.”

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Ross, who is head of communications at Edinburgh Napier University, posts his photos on Instagram under the handle “scot.wheels”.

He said: “It’s been great building up a following on Instagram and receiving messages and comments from around the world. There are also inspiring people doing similar things in other countries, including in the likes of Dnipro in Ukraine.

“I said after a year of doing it that I would stop. Now I’ve done 1000 days straight and seen my pictures progress from very amateur efforts to something more pleasing, I’ve got a big decision to make.”