How many experiences this place has brought to me! How many challenges, opportunities, hurdles, and fun. The last three years in Oxford have quite simply been some of the best of my life – and scribbling these few words conjure up the warmest of memories – and I haven’t even left yet! It is a strange place, Oxford. You arrive
This afternoon a splendid rainbow appeared in the sky as the sun set in the West and shone through a break in the clouds whilst it was raining. Not only was it a fine rainbow, but a double one at that! (Hopefully I will find some time to upload more pictures showing the second order soon.) I could have missed
A view of our college from St Aldates. I have been trying to get this street shot on a nice day and without too many cars, bicycles and pedestrians for the past three years. This week I was finally lucky.
I’m convinced that I could stay in this place forever and still be exhilarated by new sights every day. Here’s the latest snapshot of our college; one that I had in mind ever since I came to Oxford, but which for some reason or other never quite had the opportunity to capture as I wished – until last Saturday, that
Sunshine! Light, light, light! Oh glorious light! Here is a quick snapshot from this afternoon, showing Christ Church staircase bathed in light, after many days of bleak, gloomy weather.
Yesterday evening, we had another of those rare and lucky moments of weird lighting. Here goes the result. I fully understand if you find it hard to believe that this scene actually occurred for real. It’s no wonder that everyone who happened to be in college at the time could not help but pause and take in the moment –
Recently, the weather has been acting quite strangely, with instances of heavy rain followed by brief spells of sunshine, in turn occasionally leading to the fairly surreal experience of simultaneous rain and sunshine (although mostly, it has been just raining). This picture was snapped right at the time when one such swift change in weather conditions occurred. Initially, it looked
This picture was taken on the same day as the previous two. It shows the Meadow Building of Christ Church at nightfall, after the grounds emptied of people and it all became very quiet. Those little orange lights seemed to be the only apparent signs of life in an otherwise silent setting completely devoid of any activity. This picture comes
At long last, I’ve taken a new picture. This evening was particularly cold, at least according to my perception, although I maintain that 2degC should be deemed cold by anyone. Anyway, I was on my way back home from college when I was met by the sight of Jupiter and the moon staring back at me from behind Tom Tower.
It is perhaps quite ironic that very often I realize what a privilege it is to be studying at this place only when I’m looking at the pictures. And that always reminds me that sometimes we forget how lucky we are.
Seeing that currently there’s so much excitement about the last Harry Potter movie I thought I’d upload an appropriately themed picture of the Great Hall of Christ Church, the interior of which was replicated in studio for the shooting of the films.
Here are some pictures of the hidden side of Christ Church – the parts of college that are closed to the public (and for the most part to members of the college too). These pictures were taken during a recent insider’s tour of college. This collection of twelve images which I truly treasure should help you get an idea of
Here is a snapshot of a very fleeting moment – a picture which will hopefully serve the purpose of showing you that scenes such as this one can indeed still be encountered in today’s modern world. It does not get much more Oxford than this.
The title says it all really. The only thing I will add is that it was a fantastic experience which shall never be forgotten.
The U.S. first lady, Michelle Obama, visited our college today whilst meeting a group of school girls of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson school. As expected, the level of security was super high – and even as members of the college we had an incredible amount of restrictions. But in the end I managed to take a few pictures. I should be
It is 1am. You are tired and about to leave for home. But when you’re met with such a scene (and you also happen to suffer from the condition known as obsessive photographic disorder) you simply sigh and resign to the calling. You slowly take out your camera and the reluctant side of you tells you that you’re crazy because
The magic of the golden hour works its wonders upon the Freind Room of Christ Church, here seen side-lit by the setting sun on a lovely Friday afternoon.
So here I am, back in Oxford – and after getting rid of the weight of my bag and grabbing some food, I went out for a walk in Christ Church meadow which right now could easily be mistaken for paradise. Here’s a picture from the lot I took this afternoon.
I snap enough photos of Christ Church as it is. But then light up the place with breathtakingly warm sunlight and it suddenly seems like new life has been breathed into the ancient walls as they glow with the most golden of colours. And it is on such occasions that I find myself wondering how the good, old college members
Today, I present to you Tom Tower of Christ Church. This is a picture which is not so original in either subject or composition. But when the weather is fantastic, you’ve got to make the most of it and so I always end up snapping some pictures of subjects which I’ve already photographed before, simply because you never know if
Firstly, I have to apologize for the length of this post. I usually try to keep them short, but this time round I’m too excited, I have to admit. Today was a cold but sunny day. That’s pretty much how any person would have described it. But for someone who continuously lives with the nagging thought that somewhere there is
The sun finally came out this afternoon – and after finishing the work I wanted to get done, I headed out with my camera scouting for a new angle from which to photograph our college. I had not tried this one before. No, that’s actually not quite true. I had tried this angle before, but the light wasn’t exactly how
Sometimes you look in old folders on your computer and come across pictures which you had taken and eventually completely forgotten about. And when that happens, you can’t help but ask yourself why you didn’t upload that picture before. Here is a picture from a couple of weeks ago which I think has enough merit to be uploaded. It reminds
Haven’t had the time to do any photography this week, so I’m uploading a picture taken last week. Needless to say, the subject of this photo is certainly a leitmotif of the Oxford story. This picture shows the interior of Christ Church library and was snapped from outside whilst it was drizzling.
A friend of mine once told me a joke about our college. It goes like this. Question: How many Christ Church dons does it take to replace a light-bulb? Answer: Change?! And indeed, some scenes never change in Christ Church, which of course makes it all the more friendly to photograph. This evening was a very foggy one and the
The first two pictures I posted were from back home, so I guess it was about time that I uploaded a picture taken at the place where I am right now. Sometimes when I’m walking around college I can’t help but let my imagination take hold of me. And so I sometimes find myself thinking about the generations upon generations