Photo Journal: Around Oxford
I have deep roots with Oxford. I was born there, and although I’ve never actually lived in central Oxford, I do feel a strong sense of familiarity each time I return. My grandparents still live just outside the centre, and when I go back to visit my stays involve a walk around town and usually a trip to Balliol College, of which my grandfather and aunt are both alumni.
I’m not sure whether it’s the colour of the stone, the city’s hidden passageways, or all the photo opportunities for bikes leant up against walls, but something just draws me to Oxford and I feel enamoured with it whenever I’m there. I’ve recently added Oxford local food to that list of loves too; having just written a piece on the subject I’ve been lucky enough to eat at some of the most delicious and unique spots in the city. Oxford is the gift that keeps on giving.
When I was going around taking photos of Oxford, I kept finding myself looking up. I have a little obsession with the shapes created by roofs and chimneys anyway, but Oxford’s spires, turrets, and domes had me gazing at the sky more than usual. You’ll notice it as a running theme through these photos. On the few days I visited, the winter sun was slicing its way across Oxford’s colleges, courtyards, and main streets, creating sharp shadows that zigzagged through town.
Balliol College & Broad Street
Lincoln College & Turl Street