So we went to Preston Sunday morning and then Monday morning. On Sunday we asked people four questions:
1. What are you doing with your Sunday?
2. Do you do this activity every Sunday?
3. Do you do this alone or with friends and family (social or quiet time?)
4. How long has Preston been part of your Sunday routine?
Then on Sunday, we just generally asked people about their day, and kind of let them talk about themselves or whatever else it was that they wanted to talk about.
We initially felt awkward about just straight-out asking people about their lives, so we decided to make it into more of an ‘occupation’ perse. So we went to Woolworths, bought a few packs of Cupcakes and some paper and made a sandwich board and taped it to Nick that said: “Have a cupcake and tell us about your day.” We thought that giving people cupcakes in exchange for/encourage conversation would be a little more of a subversive tactic and kind of a fair exchange.
We where asking them to stop and do something that wasn’t the norm in terms of how you would usually behave in that particular space especially since we where strangers baring cup-cakes.
We found the people of Preston to be quite reluctant to speak with us. They didn’t trust that the cup-cake was free. Our actions where very out of the ordinary. The public felt suspicious of us. We think this has to do with the issue of safety in the area.
The participants that did approach us and then became comfortable with the situation where very willing to give us information about their lives.