The British are sometimes stereotyped as eccentric, and this perception has some basis in reality. While not all British people are notable for their unusual, quirky, or idiosyncratic behaviour, there is a long history of eccentricity in British culture, dating back to figures such as the poet and painter William Blake and the writer Lewis Carroll.
Individualism, creativity, and rejection of mainstream culture often characterise eccentricity. And these values have played an essential role in shaping British culture.
The photos below show people demonstrating quirky or idiosyncratic behaviour. Some dress in unusual clothing or accessories, sport unusual hairstyles or facial hair or engage in unusual activities. I took these pictures to provide a visual exploration of this unique aspect of British society.
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