UK CitySlicker Sam: Hello and an Introduction to Oxford

4

My first article as a Lomography Student CitySlicker and a short introduction/hello from Oxford!

Name: Samuel Fletcher
Age: 19
University: Trinity College
City/Country: Oxford, UK

Let’s start at the beginning, for that is a very good place to start. Samuel Fletcher here, and it really is lovely to meet you. I’m a moderately tall first year Chemist studying at Trinity College, here in Oxford. I love living an analogue life with my Diana Mini and various other vintage cameras I’ve found on eBay – is there any better way to spend your student loan? “No, of course not!” I hear you cry. (All the square photos below are from my Diana Mini , others are from a Coronet Rapide.)

I also like tea and cake. In fact I love cake so much I worked in a cake shop over the summer, and when I’m not studying for a chemistry degree (which is quite often), or learning to fly with the RAF, I’m normally found in the kitchen with a mixing bowl and a recipe book. In fact, the chap gurning away in the photo below is actually me, complete with a basket of cinnamon rolls (recipe available to anyone on request).

I don’t think you can be a student here without consuming vast amounts of caffeine of some sort or living off cake and biscuits. Late nights in the library are made much sweeter by a doughnut or cookie. Work hard but play harder, and play harder we do – when you can’t stomach any more organic chemistry reaction mechanisms or quantum mechanics the day and nightlife is second to none. I’m sure in the coming months I can show you many things… Life in college is great and there are only 80 of us in our year so everyone knows everyone. With a bit of luck there are a few snaps of college below…

And then there’s the food in college. Trinity has the best food in Oxford. While other colleges claim this prestige for themselves, only Trinity is entirely honest. When His Majesty the Emperor of Japan visited Oxford in 2007, the University sent him to Trinity for lunch. Exactly. The only thing is I had planned to put a photo of a typical dinner in here, but my plans were scuppered by the waiters who confiscated my camera for the duration of the meal. I refuse to accept this though, so I’m forming plans to sneak my camera in for you.

I’m completely new to this city so I’m exploring all the time, with Diana of course. There are so many things around Oxford I can’t wait to introduce you to, but as this is meant to be only be an introduction I’ll just pick a few examples to be going on with…

Try the Covered Market for the best pie shop in town, cafés, cake shops and bourgeois delights. The Alpha Bar also stocks enough edible hippie crap to induce a lentil breakdown. And if you want a cookie every time you do something right, Ben’s your man. His diabolically delicious creations are the perfect remedy for post-traumatic tutorial disorder.

This is the Radcliffe Camera, which doesn’t have any books relevant to my course in it but it does make me feel good swiping my card to go in with all the tourists watching through the railings.

I’ve never seen so many bikes in my life either. They’re everywhere, literally everywhere. If you don’t have a bike here, you’re a nobody. Oh and there’s G&D’s which does THE BEST ice creams, I’m almost salivating at the thought… A few other POIs which I will show you a picture of now and with a bit of luck I’ll explain in later articles!

There are many places around and about that were used as locations in the Harry Potter films – being a bit of a Potter geek I had to find a few examples to show you. These cloisters in New College pop up in a few of the films, like when Malfoy gets turned into a ferret by Professor Moody. This bit of the Bodleian Libary (the university’s library) is where they have dancing lessons ready for the Yule Ball…

It being bonfire night last weekend what seemed like most of the university traipsed down to South Park for an evening of firework filled fun, and the compulsory ride on The Waltzers – a minute of the finest spinny, whizzy, dizzying fairground action. Analysis of the photos shows some enjoyed it more than others.

This has been a far from complete tour of Oxford, There’s so much more that I can’t wait to show you but I’m running out of words so I’ll have to sign off here and save it for next time – it was lovely to meet you and I hope to see you soooooon. Much love!

written by bertie on 2011-11-18 in #lifestyle #sam-fletcher #mini #cityslickers #cityslicker #uk #diana-mini #coronet-rapide #introduction #uk-cityslickers #oxford

4 Comments

  1. kneehigh85
    kneehigh85 ·

    Hey Samuel, nice to meet you and I look forward to reading about Oxford in your articles! X

  2. ali55
    ali55 ·

    Lovely article and photos! I loved Oxford when I went there....I look forward to hearing more about the city :)

  3. mliss38
    mliss38 ·

    Hello! Really nice photos :) I went to Oxford this year for a couple of days and fell in love with the city. Your photos make me want to go back soon...

  4. rockyrelay
    rockyrelay ·

    Can't wait to see more of Oxford, good stuff!

More Interesting Articles

  • Fresh From the Lab: The Lomography Redscale XR 50-200, My First Medium Format Film

    written by sinema on 2014-07-07 in #lifestyle
    Fresh From the Lab: The Lomography Redscale XR 50-200, My First Medium Format Film

    This is my experience with the Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 (120), my first medium format film. It's an adventure that started when I got a Lubitel 2, to finally shoot with it. In this article, you'll find detailed information about color schemes, the advantages of shooting in medium format, and the differences between standard redscale films. Here are the results of a day of shooting outside, which I recently got back from the lab.

  • Meet the UK Team: Joanne Coates

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-10-20 in #news
    Meet the UK Team: Joanne Coates

    In this series we meet all the staff that make up Lomography UK. That's everyone from the Soho shop staff to the guys that hide away in the office! Today we talk to shop assistant Joanne Coates who has a penchant for the LC-A+ and loves running our workshops! Say hello to Jo!

    1
  • 'Farewell,' A Poignant LomoKino Short Film

    written by Stanley Xu on 2015-03-05 in #world #lifestyle
    'Farewell,' A Poignant LomoKino Short Film

    Stanley Xu, a film student from Singapore, decided to use his LomoKino to shoot a short film during his holiday trip in Taipei.

    5
  • Shop News

    Standard Photo Development Services

    Standard Photo Development Services

    Done shooting and want your films to be processed? We can process your colour and black & white 35mm, 120 or 110 films! Development, prints and scans are also included. (Service availability depends on your markets)

  • My First Lomo Affair: Clownshoes and his Lomo Smena Symbol

    written by icequeenubia on 2014-06-05 in #lifestyle
    My First Lomo Affair: Clownshoes and his Lomo Smena Symbol

    For a short time, Blaine Vernicek, otherwise known as clownshoes in our Community, needed to be away from his beloved muse, Miss Katie, and stay in another state because of his new job. But thanks to his Lomo Smena Symbol, he was able to bring with him photographs of his sweetheart that somehow helped him forget the unnerving distance between them. Read on to find out more about this heartwarming story in this installment of My First Lomo Affair!

    7
  • Summer Hot Spots: Blaavand, Denmark (Part One)

    written by dermanu on 2014-08-31 in #world #locations
    Summer Hot Spots: Blaavand, Denmark (Part One)

    When I was a child, I regularly went to Blaavand located at the Danish west coast with my brothers and my parents. However, I didn't anymore when I grew up. But in 2012, we hit the road again. It was my first visit there in about 20 years. I took the chance and packed as many cameras as possible into my luggage. In this article, I'm going to present to you the photos I took with my Nikon F-501 SLR.

  • Newcomer of the Week: choidaehan

    written by icequeenubia on 2014-09-28 in #lifestyle
    Newcomer of the Week: choidaehan

    Our Newcomer of the Week is a film student from Seoul, South Korea. She always carries the legendary Lomo LC-A to take photographs of random things she finds attractive. Say hello to Choidaehan!

  • Shop News

    Special Apertures for Petzval

    Special Apertures for Petzval

    Want to be more creative and level up your bokeh shots? A wide selection of special apertures for Petzval are here to blend with your artistic side and give your Petzval images some analog twists!

  • Petzval LomoAmigo: Music Photographer Tom Sheehan

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-10-10 in #people #lomoamigos
    Petzval LomoAmigo: Music Photographer Tom Sheehan

    Last year, Lomography UK had the honor of hosting an exhibition by music photographer Tom Sheehan. Tom has photographed everyone from Mick Jagger, The Smiths, The Charlatans, Tom Waits, David Byrne to name just a few! We lent him a Petzval lens and asked him to test it on a shoot, and he granted us an exclusive interview.

    1
  • Lomography x The Photography Show

    written by gise11e on 2015-02-20 in #world #news #lifestyle #locations #events
    Lomography x The Photography Show

    Lomography UK are excited to announce we will be at the Photography Show 2015 at the NEC in Birmingham on March 21st - 24th. Come by and say hello! There will be workshops and you’ll also be able to test out the newest addition to the family; the Petzval Art Lens. As well as Lomo’Instants to play around with. Read on for details about our workshops and how to get tickets for this exciting event.

  • My Trip to Vietnam and Cambodia

    written by juniardigiugno on 2014-10-01 in #lifestyle
    My Trip to Vietnam and Cambodia

    This article is about my trip to Vietnam and Cambodia with my LC-A+ camera.

    2
  • Shop News

    Summer Inspired Camera at 20% off

    Summer Inspired Camera at 20% off

    The brazilian summer inspired camera is now at 20% off! You can now celebrate life in full color and treasure every culture in a snap! This summer is no exception; make sure you’re prepared to capture all the sporty action with the Fisheye No.2 Brazilian Summer Camera!

  • Spinner 360: Pull the Cord and Let the Magic Happen!

    written by adi_totp on 2014-09-09 in #reviews
    Spinner 360: Pull the Cord and Let the Magic Happen!

    The story between the Spinner 360 and I goes way back to the year 2010, when Lomography decided to send me a beta model of the Spinner 360 to test. It was a complete surprise! I thought, "What the hell is that?" as I first took this camera out of the package. Then, when my little brother grabbed it from me and pulled the cord, it buzzed and turned 360°! We all had the same expression: "Whoa..."

    4
  • Filming the London LomoMatrix!

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-04-24 in #news
    Filming the London LomoMatrix!

    As part of the Film Photography Day celebrations, Lomography UK held a special workshop to make a Lomomatrix movie. We gathered together in a park in Soho to create some fun stop-motion effects using some La Sardina's and an LCA+. You can see the results here.

  • Shooting with the LC-A 120 in the UK

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-09-08 in #news
    Shooting with the LC-A 120 in the UK

    Lomography UK was lucky enough to test an LC-A 120 prototype in store and it was glorious! We used colour and black and white film to capture the camera at its finest. It was everything you would expect from the LC-A but in full frame 38mm f/4.5 120 film. It's LOVE.

    1