Sadly, this is the finale for Oxford England street photos, and for this UK trip. With the exception of a few from London, but I didn’t have as much time there. After leaving from Bath the day after our conference, I rode back to Oxfordshire with my good friends, Steve and Sam. They dropped me off in Oxford since that was the nearest city centre to where they lived. This way, I can take my time around Oxford and give it a fresh look when I’m more alert and awake, lol. Only things didn’t go exactly as planned at first, but it’s all good.
That old repurposed British phone booth distracted me from my original plan, go to the Ashmolean Museum, where Sam dropped me off. Somehow, she didn’t seem surprised that I deviated. But I did get back to there later in the day if that counts. I liked the side streets and alleyways and focused on those for a minute, with strategic angles.
After getting back to the main thoroughfare in the area, I saw what appeared to be a homeless woman walking a dog and screaming into the air. I thought, ok, time to go the other way. I found a pub a couple blocks over, and had fish and chips and a beer. Quite delicious, only now I can’t top that until going back, ugh. I left the pub for more exploring. One block over, same screaming woman, this time she was acting aggressively to a man she was with. Trouble in paradise it seems. So, I go the other way, and stop in a Tesco store to get my British friend living in the states some chocolate only sold there. One block over to the public toilets, there they were again. They were walking away from most civilization, so thankfully this was the last time I was blessed with their presence. Back to the streets.
I went inside this Christ Church property, there were school groups there so I figured I’d see what’s going on there. Lovely place with lots of character. It’s extremely rare that you’ll see me photograph something scenic like this garden, but the opportunity was there. My only exception is usually wedding venue features and grounds. A bit of a contrast from my abandoned building work.
I seemed to be most inspired by shapes, alleyways and passageways, and overall dimension. So I ran with it. In the Bath conference, Patrick LaRoque and Kevin Mullins really helped provide extra vision and inspiration as far as adding depth to work, and making even the mundane interesting.
I got between the bars of an iron fence and waited for passersby. Focus point was already locked,
I happened to notice this overgrown graveyard at the Magdelene church in city centre.
I had a little fun with slightly lower shutter speed at this busy intersection at rush hour time.
After leaving the museum, I sat at this statue to snag a wifi connection and send a couple emails, and relax a bit before catching the bus. It became a gathering place. I loved the energy of the city, the bicycles, people walking briskly. Lovely architecture too.
Barley, Steve and Sam’s yellow lab 🙂 I hope you’ve enjoyed this final round (for now) of Oxford England street photos!