The Day That was born on the same day as my friends’ son, Teddy.
Teddy’s first day was beautiful. One of those optimistic spring days when the sky is brilliantly blue and the light picks out everything to perfection. Feeling inspired by both the birth and the weather, I went out and took this photograph. I printed it out, had it framed, and inscribed the mount with “6th April 2000, Teddy’s First Day.”
I gave it to the new parents, my friends. They loved it. Their family and friends saw the picture, and word started to spread. Other people approached me, asking me to create unique gifts for them, too.
Initially called “My First Day”, the business took a new direction on Midsummer’s Day in 2005. That morning, I took a photograph of the sunrise – and my colleagues and I have taken one every day since then.
That’s what we now curate – a unique library of days. The only photographers in the UK to do this, we have every striped sunrise and dramatic dawn going back 12 years. We’re lucky to be based in coastal West Cornwall, where the sun rises over the Atlantic, giving us spectacular skies over the ever-changing ocean.
The thing we’ve learned over the last 12 years is that every day is different. Every day brings its own beauty. Which is your special day?
Gavan Goulder, Founder, The Day That.