Oxford: Balliol Ball 2012 part 1

Written by Nasir Hamid on March 3rd, 2012

I was fortunate enough to be granted permission to do some roaming photography at the Balliol Ball yesterday and the most amazing part is that I only found out about the ball the day before when I saw dodgem cars being unloaded outside the college. I was walking past on my lunch hour street photography session and got chatting with some of the guys unloading the dodgems.Β It was a great evening that was a lot of fun and my thanks go to Omid for allowing me to attend.Β I’ve never been to an Oxford college ball and this one was a nice one to start with because not only do I have friends that studied at Balliol but I also photographed and designed their prospectus a number of years ago.

I’d love to photograph more Oxford college balls so if anyone out there is connected in any way and can give me permission to attend I’d really like to hear from you. Thanks.

The images below are from the digital camera that I took as a back up, the majority of my photography was all done on medium format and 35mm film which I haven’t processed yet. Those images will follow as soon as I process and scan the films next week.

Praying mantis style

live band on stage

Fist in the air

people watching a live band on stage

All of the lights. I like the mixture of formal outfits here and the girl on the left who isn't so formal.


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Aerynn says:

    Love the first photo, beautiful!

    That girl in the blue dress in the last photo has amazing hair! πŸ˜€

    • Nasir Hamid says:

      Thanks very much, Aerynn. I can’t wait to process all the film I shot last night. Unfortunately there wasn’t any nice available light for photography so I was using a lot of harsh on-camera flash. I found the best light in the live acts marquee but space was a bit tight while the bands were playing. It’s good to be challenged as a photographer πŸ™‚

  2. Gerard says:

    Photographing a good Oxford ball can be really fun and provide lots of good photographic opportunities! I’m impressed that they let you attend and shoot on such short notice. Some balls are very closed affairs indeed…

  3. Rory says:

    Great shots Nas! Good to meet you briefly at the Ball – look forward to seeing any other shots of our sound and lighting soon!


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