Today was not only my first visit to Oxford’s castle complex (yeah alright, I have great difficulty leaving the 100m radius from my front door), but it was also my first time seeing a friend’s photography exhibited in a public space. Julia was in the year below me at school and shares a love of travel and analogue photography, and her work was exhibited at Oxford’s O3 Gallery as part of one of their Art Weeks – more specifically an exhibit of lo-fi photography, sculpture, and student artwork. There was an interesting variety of art on show but call me biased, Julia’s came out near the top. (Who is going to pay £500 for some under-exposed pinhole panoramas? Questionable.) She produced a fab variety of lomography: from red-scale images of Vietnam and Thailand to snaps of New College and west London, with the additional excitement of some boiled and whiskied 35mm film. #experimental. I’m an eternal fan, and although it’s hard to find her work online a brief google does yield this – which is almost as good.
I really enjoyed this exhibit, as well as catching up with Julia and her also-a-photographer boyf Ed over drinks afterwards. I’ll definitely be re-visiting the castle quarter – maybe I’ll even shell out the £1 it costs to climb the mound next time, who knows? Although to be honest why would I when back at New College we’ve got our very own one that even deigns to quack at you.