So last Sunday, we took a walk around the city of Oxford, even though the weather app forecasted a rainy day, it was sunshine all day. As a photographer, it is always nice to play as a tourist. With a camera on my shoulder, I took random snapshot photos as what ordinary travelling photographer would do.
Years ago, I used to do street photography, walking and roaming the streets of Kuala Lumpur. However, in recent years, I lean more towards the natural portraits and photojournalistic shots of people.
Weekend in Oxford means a lot of people on the street, tourists, locals, cyclists, and photographers. They called the city as the city of dreaming spires, with its stunning architecture of buildings and it beckons an ultra-wide lens to capture most of the buildings in its entirety. I have my 16mm lens but prefer not to use it as it distorts a lot at the wide-end. Nevertheless, I settled on a 24mm instead for the rest of the days.
So I walked and walked the city, and within minutes I think I can cover the whole city centre. I went to the Ashmolean Museum. It’s free and allows photography without flash. There is also a treasure hunt activity for kids where they have to find several items in the museum. In a nutshell, Oxford city is small, but it has plenty of opportunities for photographers to be artistic with their creative canvas. The purpose of the walk is to get to know the roads and back alleys, and I managed to find a few photographic spots.
I visualise the scenes, and then I will be back when the streets are empty, or when the light is right. As a photographer in Oxford, I have plenty of time to enjoy the city daily 🙂