3 September 2013
Last updated at 03:34 ET
As Stafford celebrates its 1,100th anniversary, photographer Ana Sidon has taken on the challenge to take a photo for every year of the town's history. The milestone marks the year Aethelflaed, daughter of King Alfred the Great, fortified Stafford as a settlement.
Born in Romania, Ms Sidon said she had taken on the challenge to not only celebrate Stafford, but also to get to know the town that has been her home for the past three years. As well as photographing Stafford's heritage, she said she wanted to capture some of the events taking place in 2013, such as the Stafford Festival at the town's castle
More than 500 photos have already been posted on Ms Sidon's online blog, several featuring St Mary's Church. But, with just a few months of the year left, she said the sheer scale of her task was very clear. "When I started calculating, it became really scary. I realised if I just thought in terms of numbers, I'm not going to enjoy it. I take as many photos as I see in a day, but sometimes if they're not good enough I push myself to go back and do it again."
Ms Sidon said she wanted to capture everyday moments in the town during 2013. "When you've lived in a place for 20 years, 10 years, sometimes you end up taking things for granted. But because Stafford for me is new I maybe see it a bit different."
Ms Sidon said several of her photos featured the Staffordshire Knot, the three-looped design that is the traditional symbol of the county town.
Despite having to take 1,100 photos throughout the year, Ms Sidon said she was trying to be selective and focus on the quality of images as well as the volume needed.
Working as a translator, as well as a semi-professional photographer, Ms Sidon moved to Stafford three years ago with her partner.
Alongside one-off festivals and events, Ms Sidon said she had enjoyed visiting some of the groups, such as the archery club, meeting up in Stafford. "The project's been great, because I've really enjoyed meeting people, as well as learning new things about the town," she said.
As well as posting 1,100 of her own photos online, Ms Sidon is also encouraging local people to take their own photos of Stafford and share them on Facebook. She also hopes to put together an exhibition of her work.