Wednesday, March 26, 2014

OXFORD, UK / On Display


On View Now:
14 New Photographic Works
Gallery 108 (beside the Cochenour Gallery)
LRC, Georgetown College

I had the opportunity to travel to Regent’s Park College at Oxford University during the first week of December, 2013 to make photographs of the college, our visiting students, and the city itself. The trip was two-fold: to create promotional materials for Georgetown College’s Oxford Programs and to produce some new personal work.

While there I resided in the Wheeler Robinson flat, a space dedicated to Georgetown faculty for times of research at the university, often while on sabbatical. Staying on campus allowed me to survey Regent's Park and mingle with both faculty and students, including coffee and biscuits in the Senior Commons Room and formal meals in Helwys Hall.

Each day afforded new opportunities to explore Oxford, from the bustling city centre to quiet farmland and pastures on the edge of town. Having travelled before to London, I was quickly reminded of the sense of tradition and history that is palpable as I walked the streets. It is a feeling I rarely encounter here in the states, and one that draws my attention as an artist.

The photographs presented here are only a small snippet of the larger body of work I created while in Oxford, but they are a few of my favorites – recounting moments of awe, discovery, appreciation, and perhaps a little humor.

Omnia probate quod bonum tenete,
Professor Darrell Kincer

Footnotes:
A special thank you to Dr. Brad Hadaway and Jason Snider for helping me organize and plan my first solo trip abroad. After all my worrying, it could not have gone any smoother.

Thank you to Georgetown College and my wife, Kristin, for granting me the time and opportunity to pursue this project. I could not have done it without your support.

Thank you to the viewers, for your interest in my work. If you think you would enjoy traveling to the UK to make photographs, I will be leading a CCSA trip to London and Dublin next winter. I’d love for you to join me!

And for further reading, you might check out Jennifer Moses' recent article in the New York Times about visiting Oxford.

Photo: Overlooking the Radcliffe Camera, 2013



1 comment:

Jeanette Tesmer said...

This exhibit looks really fantastic in that space. In encourage everyone to check it out! I'm glad we were able have the space.