Nottingham University Park is approximately 300 acres and is used by students, staff, and visitors alike. As well as the period buildings and teaching facilities, the public has access to gardens, woodland, and the Lakeside Arts Centre. At only two miles from the city centre it's a great place to escape from the hustle and bustle.
Although Nottingham isn’t quite the scale of London when it comes to the hustle and bustle, it is still nice to escape the crowd, traffic, and shoppers for a more sedated and relaxing time. Fortunately, Nottingham has its fair share of parks and open spaces to choose from. One of my favourites is the University Park (Highfields Park) just a short car, bus, or bike ride from the centre.
In addition to the scenic grounds and woodland areas there’s plenty to keep you entertained including a boating lake, arts centre, bowling, croquet, play areas and putting. Access is also plentiful with public transport links in addition to disabled access and public parking.
With such a large space available the park is ideally suited to hosting events too. It this reason that brings me to the park most often and the most current example was the luminarium art installation – Levity III.
Levity III is a sculpture people enter to be immersed in light and colour. It is inspired by natural geometry and Islamic architecture. The sculpture itself by Architects of Air is cut and glued together by hand in Nottingham, England and since 1992, their luminaria has attracted two million visitors in thirty-seven countries across the world.
For a lomographer it’s an amazing place to take some fantastic colourful photos and could be a genuine once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The light, although colourful, is not bright for photography so high ASA film is a must and a fast aperture more so. These photos were taken on a Fujifilm Silvi F2.8 using Natura 1600 film. With such amazing colour it’s certainly not a place for black and white or cross-processing.
If you want to escape the city then you could do a lot worse than Highfields (University) Park. On a typical day there’s plenty to keep you entertained or just grab a drink and have a lazy afternoon on the grass. If your timing is right you will even catch the odd event worth shooting some rolls of film for. I look forward to seeing you there!
*Photos courtesy of my lovely girlfriend nicolaveater