SIX go to Oxford

I visited Oxford last weekend to see some colleagues and create a set of images about Oxford as part of the SIX collective (see here).

I drove up on the Saturday and we all met up that evening. SixOxford

I left about 9.30 though as I was knackered and needed to be up reasonably early to shoot a set of images. When thinking about what to shoot and the approach I should take it was easy to record some of the things about Oxford the come quickly to mind such as this type of image.


There were a few things to consider in deciding what to shoot and how to approach the processing: we were all tasked with producing a set of 10 to 16 images in 10 by 8 format. Moreover as there were six of us I didn’t know exactly what everyone else was going to shoot and so wanted to make sure my contribution offered something a bit different to the type of image above. So, after some research I landed upon the idea of visually countering the standard idea of Oxford’s dreaming spires by creating a set focused on the Blackbird Ley’s area. You can find a little about its history here. So here is my contribution: ten shots and one statement.

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The weather was overcast on the day I took the photos and so I used this to give the lead to the approach I adopted in processing them. Originally I had planned to show the photos either in monochrome – to evoke a sense of documentary and emphasis on shape – or standard colour – so the processing would be inconspicuous and foster the idea that the viewer was present at the site. However in the end I decided to offer my interpretation of the place; hence the images are bright but a little grey and flat and without much colour.

I can’t wait to see my colleagues’ interpretations of the place.


About anomiepete

South Londoner struggling with life, art and photography.
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6 Responses to SIX go to Oxford

  1. Works well Pete….another Oxford…dreaming co-ops and cinemas!!

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  2. Catherine says:

    That link is really good for background – I’d forgotten about the Town and Gown actions that go way back. Your approach to the processing is a good choice I think and a real counterpoint to the City of Dreaming Spires. I’ll be interested to find out what the residents of Oxford’s namesake think of it – should be an eye-opener for them.
    Sorry I didn’t geet to see you.

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  3. anomiepete says:

    Thanks Catherine. I can’t wait to see everyone’s. Who came on Sunday?


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