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 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.
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.