Lockdown Photography Project – Oxford Bridge
Lockdown Photography Project of Local Oxford Bridge
Lockdown since Christmas has provided time again for creative photography projects.
A Bridge Near Where I Live
There is a particular bridge near where I live in Oxford that has caught my eye.
Every time I am out photographing the bridge offers varied and different subject matter. There are either interesting characters walking, cycling, feeding the birds or even painting the walls with graffiti.
To concentrate your photographic efforts on one place is often far more successful than ‘going for a walk and taking pictures’. Spending an hour or two in just one location means you have to seek out better images, observe more and be patient. Sometimes the image has to come to you, frame and compose the image and wait for someone ‘of character’ to walk through.
Graffiti on the Bridge
This bridge is a favourite venue for graffiti artists too, on both sides of the river.
I was in luck that when I arrived recently someone was spray painting and didn’t mind being photographed at all. This all adds up to a day in the life of an old Victorian bridge.
The History of the River Isis Crossing
The bridge photographed here was built in 1850 and ran from the original Oxford station in Grandpont to Rugby, then a few years later a second bridge was built alongside and they are about a foot apart. The gap between the two bridges is fortuitous as it makes for a thin shaft of light which momentarily highlights the pedestrians walking through.
The bridge is owned by Network Rail and known as the River Isis Crossing.
Different Photographic Themes
I have been experimenting with the photographs taken under the bridge in both colour and black and white.
To provide different themes I have explored not only the passers by but also walls and litter as well as the shapes created by the light.
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The gap between the two bridges is fortuitous as it makes for a thin shaft of light which momentarily highlights the pedestrians walking through. - Douglas, Photographer